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Assess the claim that for Marxists, international relations is all about inequality.

As an international relations theory, Marxism contrasts sharply with other theories in the field in that

it does not directly look at the roles of states and international organisations. Instead, it focuses on

the importance of economic concerns…

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power and wealth. Capitalist economics is driven by the belief that free trade between nations will

always bring benefits to both countries. Importing countries offer a wider choice of goods for lower

prices than those produced `in-house', whilst exporting countries receive a greater price for the

goods than they would…

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Marx believed that a resulting effect of capitalism's never-ending expansion is that it "creates a

world after its own image" (Marx & Engels, The Communist manifesto, 2002). It is the driving force

behind globalisation (and thus the links between states) as it seeks to spread itself from one country


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order and usher in a world socialist society" (Burchill, 1999). Through this socialist society comes a

civilization built upon equality of people, the ultimate aim of Marx's vision.

Marxist analysis of the capitalist system places class inequality as the primary cause of alienation

within the proletariat. The basic theory looks…

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destined class revolution, studying the inequality between people is of primary value. In fact, not

only is this quality of measure crucial to the reasoning behind overthrowing capitalism, but with the

ushering of a socialist society comes the vital commitment to "individual freedom and equality of

opportunity" (Ball & Dagger).The…

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largely capitalist world. In the USSR, the Soviet branch of Marxism conceded that:

"the states-system is in fact an international society... and indeed the Soviet concept of `peaceful

coexistence' is predicted on the understanding that the world is such an international society,

holding the shared value of `peace'... devising various…

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Burchill, S. (1999). Marx on Globalisation. Retrieved from

Gingrich, P. (2002). Marx on Alienation. Retrieved 02 24, 2012, from

Gingrich, P. (2002). Marx on Social Class. Retrieved from

Kirchberger, A. (n.d.). Marx, Ideology, and International Relations. Retrieved from

Kubalkova, V., & Cruickshank, A. (1985). Marxism and…


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