"Thanks to her colonies, Great Britain has increased the length of 'her' railways by 100,000 kilometers, four times as much as Germany. And yet it is well known the productive forces in Germany, and especially the development of the coal and iron industries , has been much more rapid during this period than in England, not to mention France and Russia. In 1892, Germany produced 4.9 million tons of pig iron and Great Britain produced 8.8 million tons. In 1912 Germany produced 17.6 million tons and Great Britain 9.0 million tons. Germany, therefore, had an overwhelming superiority over England in this respect.
We ask, is there under capitalism any means of removing this disparity between the development of productive forces and the accumulation of capital on the one side, and the division of colonies and 'spheres of influence' for finance capital on the other side - other than be resorting to war ?"
Lenin - 1916