Imperialism and Social Classes

Joseph Schumpeter

Joseph Schumpeter was not a member of the Austrian School, but he was an enormously creative classical liberal, and this 1919 book shows him at his best. He presents a theory of how states become empires and applies his insight to explaining many historical episodes. His account of the foreign policy of Imperial Rome reads like a critique of the US today. The second essay examines class mobility and political dynamics within a capitalistic society. Overall, a very important contribution to the literature of political economy.


Imperialism and Social Classes by Joseph Shumpeter
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In the Preface, Hayek writes: Schumpeter was very much a “master of his subject”, in contrast to the “puzzlers” or “muddlers” which follow their own distinct ideas; he also showed a strong receptivity to the dominant opinions in his environment and
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Cleveland, Ohio: A Meridian Book, 1955 (1919, 1927. Print on demand