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I think he’s one of those historians that only makes sense if you’ve already spent a lifetime reading history and know the landscape pr I read this with a ton of hope: Eric Hobsbawm, a self-confessed “unrepentant communist”, was professor emeritus of economic and social history of the University of London at Birkbeck.

Lines between labour and management became blurred. It said nothing about the suffragette movement, which was disappointing, although I guess it didn’t fit into his theme I’m not giving this book a rating for a couple of reasons: A great appendix to Hobsbawm’s history of the long nineteenth century French Revolution to WWIand a pretty decent place to start for 20th century history I would say.

The greatest long-term threat to Golden Age prosperity came from prosperity itself. Jan 24, Michael rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Hobsbawm was born in Egypt to Viennese parents who spoke English in the home, and his syntax seems to have been permanently ruined by the experience.

I was hoping for a book to give me a good overview of the bits of the 20th century I need to teach my yr11 course. The Age of Extremeswhich covers most of 20th century American and European international politics, is a good read for any one interested in knowing at an intermediate level why things happened the way they did in Euro-US politics. Even though I knew most of the events of which he spoke, he offers sort of grandfatherly perspective to what the hell happened over the last years, and makes the young solipsistic leftist like me feel better, not so cast adrift in history.

I would like to read what Eric Hobsbawm would make of our current world situation, and seeing as this historian is still alive according to wikipedia he is an impressive 94 years oldand has lived through this century that he writes about would be more than interesting.

I thoroughly enjoyed large parts of his political and military chapters, I may not agree with all of his points but they were interesting nontheless. Jun 29, Travelin added it Shelves: I’m not interested in muddled thinking, or diplomacy at gunpoint and his meandering analysis would have snapped my already broken bag of books even further.

As long as it’s not conservative revisionist crap, which I can now smell from a mile away, it sort of feels like everytime I learn something about history, it is a political act.

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It was Americans who infused the conflict with “crusader rhetoric”, he declaims. During the Crisis Decades, this cultural hyper-individualism, coupled with the economic malaise, paved the way for the sages of neoliberalism, an ideology which sought to return the world economy back to the economic individualism of the nineteenth century.

Not only does the book predict many of the phenomena we’re encountering now, but its focus on the actors and forces with the most persistent and profound presence in hist While the author comes to the conclusion that people generally have better lives when their governments’ redistribution policies prevent significant wealth inequality and are widely accepted by the populace, the analysis Hobsbawm employs jl arrive at that conclusion is not limited vi any religious, ideological or economic dogma.

The system of crash industrialization based on a military-style communist party kl structure was able to produce a Soviet society in srcolo the state guaranteed a minimum level of existence for its population food, clothing, shelter but not much else.

One can only begin to appreciate the thrust of something as extensive as a century – even a “short” one – by looming over it from sefolo, which Hobsbawm does on the wings of his advanced contemporary age and command of historical knowledge, bringing the reader into flight with him and periodically swooping down to treat him to a closer look at its particulars.

Especially passages such as this one about Hobsbawm is a very interesting writer. Two massive global conflicts, a major economic collapse during the inter war years, the rise of secllo extremes that sparked off the second world conflict, a period of economic growth after the second world war that has never been equaled, the s counter-culture wave, and the collapse of the Soviet Bloc characterises these years.

Although fluctuations are simply an inevitable part of a capitalist economy, the Great Depression was a ditch out of which the capitalist system appeared incapable of extricating itself. This reversal of moral progress is a key, recurring theme with Hobsbawm. It’s possible that’s because he was an old man.

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One, it is an intermediate level book, so it is not meant for people who are newly exposed to 20th century history. Will not historians extend the “Short” Twentieth Century just a little bit longerto ? Oct 20, Steve Cooper rated it it was amazing.

In Hobsbawm’s opinion, the historian of the third millenium will identify two transformations as the brev important of the 20th century: Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. As I suggested at the outset, it is also a kind of honsbawm capsule from the mids, demonstrating what seemed important about history at the time.

I quite liked his style – a bit rambly, and some interesting and challenging ways of looking at events and the long view of history.

Nevertheless, his overt leftism is palpable throughout the text and he is prone to what I can only describe in McCarthyist parlance as fellow traveller interpretations of communist regimes. Thus, by the mids, with Russia and Eastern Europe firmly in the hands of communists, and Central Europe in the grip of fascism, liberal democracy and capitalism were confined to the western hobbawm of that continent.


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It was fascinating to read the secloo and ideas of a well-read marxist historian on the century he lived through. Make no mistake, Hobsbawm sees plenty of flaws in capitalism and doesn’t believe it is sustainable.

He identifies key transformations through the century – diminishing Eurocentrism, globalisation and stronger transnational interconnections, and the disintegration of connections between individuals, a self-centredness. Despite these and other shortcomings, Hobsbawm competently charts the course of the twentieth century, offering sound, if somewhat tendentious, explanations for its key developments and trajectory. Well, as I dont like them totalitarian ideas, this history book by a Communist was not very appetising.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Bdeve Hobsbawm explains the collapse of the ‘golden years’, the years following WW2 that saw unprecedented economic growth and prosperity, from the s onwards that never saw a return to the growth on the same scale. Hobsbawm’s apologetic tone towards the USSR is inversely related to his barely-concealed repugnance toward the USA and dim assessment of its global footprint, an interpretation that appears to be based mostly on traditional British anti-American snobbery, European chauvinism and subaltern claptrap rather than on even-handed judgment.

Admittedly, this book was completed before September 11, and the ISIS scourge in the Middle East; and before the Great Recession beginning in ; but I cannot imagine that anyone would think we are living in a Golden Age. The conclusion is a kind of pessimistic, hand-wringing hobwbawm from Hobsbawm.

I’m not giving this book a rating for a couple of reasons: A gift for phrasemaking surely doesn’t hurt.

Sono settecento pagine dove hobsbwwm un evento anche se nigeriano o ecuadoriano ha avuto, fosse anche solo una volta in un secolo un qualche significato mondiale, lo trovate citato. Oh – there is one thing that he misses that is a major oversight, maybe because secoloo is so all-encompassing – and that is the pace of life has increased tremendously since the early horse-drawn carriage days of the early ‘s to today.

He terms the period he covers “the short 20th century”, bounded by the October Revolution in Russia in and the secolp of the USSR in There are also a few errors in this chapter. His observations, numerous and sometimes outside the box, try If the twentieth century was short, he was nevertheless full well, even too full.

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First, no solution to the economic malaise was found apart from government intervention and regulation of the economy – in other words the market, left alone, did not ‘fix’ itself.