Further, one may note that the Indian Nationalists' critique is naturally directed towards features characterising 'Formal imperialism', i.e. imperialism as witnessed in India under formal political subjugation of the colony under British Imperial power. The European Socialists like Hobson, Hilferding, etc. addressed themselves on the other hand, to a study of imperialism in a more general way, also taking into account 'informal imperialism' where political subjugation of the colony might not have occurred but economic colonialism characterised metropolitan colonial relations (e.g. in the case of China or the Latin American countries).