Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism

V.I. Lenin

Introduction by Prabhat Patnaik


LeftWord Books, New Delhi, 2020

Language: English

164 pages

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Lenin's Imperialism is one of the most significant books of the twentieth century. Its significance arises not so much from the data it provides; nor does it arise from the sheer fact that it explains imperialism and the World War. The book is significant because it provides the steel-frame for a grand reconstruction of Marxism which becomes the basis for revolutionary praxis for the rest of the twentieth century. In his Introduction to this fresh edition, eminent Marxist economist Prabhat Patnaik places Lenin's text in its historical context, explains its relevance, its impact on revolutionary praxis in the twentieth century, and situates Lenin's theory of imperialism within the larger debate around this term that characterizes our own times.

Prabhat Patnaik

Prabhat Patnaik retired as Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is the author of Time, Inflation and Growth (1988), Economics and Egalitarianism (1991), Whatever Happened to Imperialism and other essays (1995), Accumulation and Stability under Capitalism (1997), The Retreat to Unfreedom (2003), The Value of Money (2008) and Re-Envisioning Socialism (2011). He is the Editor of the journal Social Scientist.

V.I. Lenin

V.I. Lenin (1870-1924) was the preeminent leader of the Russian Revolution, and a Marxist theoretician. His important books include, among many others, What is to be Done, Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism and The State and Revolution.


. . . a re-reading of Lenin's Imperialism at this juncture can once again offer a whole range of illuminating clues to the economic and political dynamics of the new era. The recent reprint of Imperialism by LeftWord Books is therefore a most timely move. The thought-provoking introduction by Prabhat Patnaik is an added bonus.