In This Review

The New Ideology of Imperialism

The New Ideology of Imperialism
By Frank Furedi
140 pp, Pluto Press, 1994

Despite its title, the bulk of this book is an impassioned attack on the old imperialism, particularly during the last decades of the British empire. The author argues that imperialist ideology has found a new guise, and it denigrates Third World nationalism as "tribalism," "warlordism," the "Islamic threat," "terrorism," and so on. The author seems to be stuck in a time warp. He ignores the genuine crisis of the nation-state in places such as sub-Saharan Africa as well as the self-confident nationalisms of Asian countries that are rapidly moving toward First World status. And he seems to assume that the "imperialist" West is, consistent with its moralizing, eager to reassert its power in troubled parts of the Third World. Nevertheless, this book does provide a refreshing counterpoint to silly Western nostrums that various malefactors in the Third World constitute the new enemy.