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Imperialism: A Study
by J. A. Hobson
Introduction by Nathaniel Mehr
Foreword by Jeremy Corbyn MP.

Spokesman Books invites readers to revisit J. A. Hobson’s Imperialism (2011 edition), for which Jeremy Corbyn penned a foreword. The following thoughts are taken from his contribution:

Reading Hobson’s works now, at the end of the first decade of the twenty first century, and acknowledging all that has happened in the huge sweep of imperial and post colonial history, he deserves enormous credit and recognition … (He) proclaimed against the absurdity and inadequacy of empire. In this era we need sustainability and justice. Neither is possible in an ideology committed to aggrandizement of wealth. A century ago, Hobson analysed the motive force of Empire in an era of uniforms, deference and unnecessary respect for power and authority. That ideology has been replaced by an obsession with money and exploitation, and it is just as pernicious and equally dangerous for the future.

Imperalism by J. A. Hobson is available from Spokesman Books in two formats: paperback and eBook. You can find this title here on our site.


'At Jeremy Corbyn's Nottingham rally someone thrust into my hand a copy of J.A. Hobson’s influential classic, Imperialism (1902) whose 2011 edition contains Jeremy’s own perfectly decent introductory essay. Its analysis will impress many. Others will shake their heads.' Michael White, The Guardian, 14.9.15

<span style='font-size: 18px;'>Falklands War</span>

Falklands War

The Unnecessary War
Proceedings of the Belgrano Inquiry
The Belgrano Action Group

The Belgrano inquiry was a citizens' enquiry which took place in November 1986 and which provided an opportunity for a number of distinguished experts to express their candid opinions. They include Malcolm Harper, Brigadier Michael Harbottle, Tam Dalyell MP, Clive Ponting, Ken Coates, Paul Rogers and Wade Tidbury.

The proceedings of that enquiry are recorded in this book together with a preface by Clive Ponting, the senior civil servant at the MOD who was prosecuted for his Belgrano revelations to an MP.

The Belgrano Inquiry website
Twenty-four years ago (1986), a group of us organised the two-day ‘Belgrano Inquiry’ at Hampstead Town Hall, London. This was the nearest there has ever been to a proper independent inquiry into the sinking of the Belgrano, and was supported by a number of important witnesses. The entire proceedings were recorded. Key extracts are available at the Sound Archive on this site, plus other back ground information and in-depth analysis.

<span style='font-size: 16px;'>New issue of <em>The Spokesman</em></span>

New issue of The Spokesman

Substandard Eyewitness reports Trident
The Spokesman 129

'In a 12,000 word report, Able Seaman William McNeilly details his experiences onboard HMS Victorious, one of the Royal Navy’s four nuclear powered and nuclear armed submarines that sail from their homeport in Faslane, Scotland. McNeilly also probes security at Faslane itself, and finds it badly wanting.

The words ‘factual’ and ‘courageous’ come to mind on reading AB McNeilly’s account of his personal experiences at Faslane and his extended patrol on HMS Victorious. For the first time in some 30 years, we have a submariner’s eyewitness account of how the Royal Navy struggles to operate a highly sophisticated and massively destructive nuclear armoury onboard ageing boats with insufficient experienced personnel struggling with a chronic shortage of spare parts.

Should McNeilly’s account be taken at face value? When it appeared, on 17 May 2015, the Russell Foundation immediately consulted Commander Robert Green, Royal Navy (Ret’d).'

We publish both McNeilly's and Commander Robert Green, Royal Navy (Ret’d) accounts of Trident in this issue.

Tony Simpson in his Editorial

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Tony Benn Pamphlets

The Levellers and the English Democratic Tradition
by Tony Benn

The Levellers continue to inspire political debate and public interest. Thousands of people travel to Burford, attracted by their story with its ideas of democracy and common ownership. Tony Benn's and Frieder Otto Wolf's sparkling speeches to the annual Leveller's Day celebrations at Burford, separated by more than twenty years, give ample testimony to the strength of this tradition.

The Speaker, The Commons and Democracy
by Tony Benn

There is no doubt that unless we can restore the vitality of representative democracy more and more people will conclude that they are just pawns in an unending political game to be managed and manipulated for the convenience of those at the top.

See our full range of Tony Benn books and pamphlets.

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