In recent years a great deal of attention has been given to the exploitative character of the political and economic relations between the rich industrial ('developed') countries and the poor agrarian ('underdeveloped' or 'developing') countries, as interconnected parts of the global capitalist 'system'. The global network of capitalist relations or system has been called 'imperialism' and the parts or components of this whole have been named centers and peripheries or metropoles and satellites.

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