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I’m not interested in muddled thinking, or diplomacy at gunpoint and his meandering brevee would have snapped my already broken bag of books even further. There, the historian admits his impotence. The Twentieth Century, or at least starting from through to hence why it is called ‘short’ was probably the most bloodiest but also the most technically advanced century ever.

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A gift for phrasemaking surely doesn’t hurt. It is not a narrative and those less familiar with the events would be better with Martin Gilbert or John Roberts’ efforts. Hobsbawm not just delights you with a lucid history writing, but also give great insights about the ill in small, wonderfully-crafted chapters.

And he loves the phrase ‘looked like’ as in the Germans looked like winning. His observations, numerous and sometimes outside the box, trying to make sense of this new century so bad and that does not end much better, they are seeking mechanisms, explanations motion acceleration beyond us more si try to open new perspectives on the new century the book is written in the early s.

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So, what then, is the solution? Perhaps an even better title is “A collection of Hosbawm’s highly biased comment on a few 20th century historical facts”.

Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. I’m not giving this book a rating for a couple of reasons: In fact, Soviet collapse was the result of the Kremlin’s deferral of badly-needed reform.

Could communism have been called a success at any point? In general, I prefer Tony Judt’s Postwar for some of the same period, though I like Hobsbawm’s classification of the “short century” into “The Age of Catastrophe” the two world wars and the period in betweenand “The Golden Age” the postwar period. To my surprise, Hobsbawm bemoans the student radicalism of this ri which, he asserts, had more to do with anarchism and hedonistic self-indulgence than the classical Marxism it claimed to identify with.


According to Hobsbawn in it’s importance the transformation is comparable to the invention of writing, cities and agriculture. Eric 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 ri to the growth on the same scale.

But it seems he’d had a lifetime to consider communism and hadn’t quite strayed from the idea that world-wide revolution was still the answer. I hope to have time one day to return to it myself, and see how well vreve has worn the test of decades.

Trivia About The Age of Extrem I quite liked his style – a bit rambly, and some interesting and challenging ways of looking at events and the long view of history. Having said all that, if you can stumble through the thicket that is Hobsbawm’s syntax, there are a few insights you can pick up along the way.

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Books by Eric Hobsbawm. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. A great appendix to Hobsbawm’s history of the long nineteenth dii French Revolution to WWIand a pretty decent place to start for 20th century history I would say. This process was already underway to a certain extent with FDR’s “New Deal” in the United States, and it eventually became necessary for Western Europe to follow suit as the bgeve in capitalism became more apparent.

It’s possible that’s because he was an old man.

Most of the contemporary world politics is a result of these events. Eric Hobsbawm, a self-confessed “unrepentant communist”, was professor emeritus of economic and social history of the University of London at Birkbeck. Two massive global conflicts, a major economic collapse during the inter war years, the rise of political 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.

This paved the way for what Hobsbawm calls the “Golden Era”, the third quarter of the twentieth century in which not only the developed world, but the developing world experienced profound economic growth. To ask other readers questions about The Age of Extremesplease sign up.

Hobsbawm concedes that a return to classical Keynesian economics is no longer a possibility in a world in which the nation-state and its traditional powers and mechanisms to control the economy are rapidly prostrating themselves before the mercy of the globalized marketplace.

I never quite or fully understood what she meant back all those years ago.


The reader also needs to understand this is not a ‘history’ in any ordinary sense of the word. What was the single thing without which hobsbaw would have been no Hitler? Want to Read saving…. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

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To be fair, both the chapters on the beginning of the 20th century and the ones dealing with the “The Fall of Socialism” that deals with the last days of the Soviet Union are excellent. Thank goodness there are such people as Hobsbawm, whose wisdom and intelligence has been applied to historical work that benefits us all.

The only word for that is cowardly. Das Dasein ist je in seinem faktischen Sein wie und ‘was’ es schon war. As I suggested at the outset, it is also a kind of time capsule from the mids, demonstrating what seemed important about history at the time. Overview Hobsbawm divides the Short Twentieth Century into three periods: Oct 04, Federico Damian rated it it was ok. This book abounds in classic Hobsbawmian controversial assertions like: His discussion about growing inequality, climatic effects, globalisation and the challenges of population growth could have come out of yesterday’s newspaper the book was published in His book will help to satisfy two basic questions of the contemporary reader: However, what I think she meant was Eric Hobsbawms stance on Soviet Russia; he more or less takes strips from the Eastern Bloc and what it lead to, and what was most interesting believes that an experiment like it will never happen again.

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This is not a light book. Second, and perhaps more importantly, the concomitant rise of fascism in central Europe demonstrated the social need for interventionist economics, particularly full employment, for an impecunious and disengaged population proved to be receptive to Hitlerian political agitation. Breev can be written in different ways. 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.

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.