Globalization, Imperialism, and Power

I was just invited to deliver a paper in Mexico in a few days. I have to send it off even earlier, but what I have is a very rushed effort, thrown together in two mornings. Any quick pointers would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Don H on

    2nd page, you have two sentences that seem to be expressing the same central thought. It seems redundant if nothing else.
    “The story they tell pays little attention to the rape and pillage of the less developed world — presumably because it required little effort on the part of the trading powers, which were able to draw upon pre-existing rivalries to get their prey to fight among each other.”
    and
    “In their encyclopedic survey covering 634 pages, Findlay and O’Rourke pay little attention to the rape and pillage of the less developed world — presumably the great powers were usually able to draw upon pre-existing rivalries to get their prey to fight among each other.”

    On the Fourth page, the small paragraph “The role of the United States makes me……” interrupts the flow of your argument in the previous paragraph and the next one that intellectual property payments are a form of tribute. It probably should move, perhaps to the end of the section.

    In a broader sense, it seems like mercantilism
    is an inadequate term for what you describe the great powers (with the specific example of Britain) engaging in. Mercantilism is generally associated with trade policy, manipulating rules to ensure a trade suplus and the accumulation of wealth/reserves. Britain was mercantilist, but in a larger sense weren’t they really more interested in ensuring rentier status as the center point for all world trade? The focus seems to be less that Britain was exporting more than it was importing and more that Britain got a cut from all the trade in its dominion.

    Extending to the present (and per your I.P. example), Anglo-American capitalism seems very interested in making sure our elites get a cut and very disinterested in who does the producing.

    Maybe “rentier imperialism” is a better term. Britain may have been and China may be mercantilist but I think that what China is doing is of a different sort than what Britain was doing.


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