Marxist Theories Of International Relations

903 Words Sep 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
Since the Cold War came to an end and capitalism stood victorious, it was generally accepted that the ideas of Marx could be declared irrelevant. Marx’s theories were excessively concerned with the role of economics in defining social and political relations. These were also exceedingly pessimistic in their approach, offering hardly any viable option to replace the capitalist system.
The core principle of Marxism is that the world is divided not into politically determined nations but into economically determined classes. Subsequently, politics does not supersede economics, but rather economics trumps politics. The various Marxist theories of international relations agree that the international state system was constructed by capitalists and therefore serves the interests of wealthy states and corporations, which seek to protect and expand their wealth.
Although, Marx during his own time was not widely appreciated and Marxism can be considered outdated, he still remains an iconic figure of the 19th century. Although Marx left several theories around the theme of international relations, Marxism itself has not yet produced a whole paradigm that tackle the broad problem of international relations in both political and economic dimensions. His theories have had a meaningful influence on academic studies, and while he did not address the field of international relations directly, a lot can be derived from his writings on certain phenomena, such as colonialism and…
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