Hosbawm feels his readers will be more interested in architecture and fahsion. 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 they try to open new perspectives on the new century the book is written in the early s. The creation of comic books, the fall of the Hays Code which is mentioned exactly once in an easy to overlook sentence the comics code, the inclusion of violence in comic books and other important facts are left out, because Mr.
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These boundaries mark the end of one era with hobsbaqm First World War and the end of another with the collapse of the only remaining challenge to capitalism. Feminism, plate tectonics, quantum theory, fascism, video entertainment, the Cold War, free-market economics and so much more are served up fully, but are never bogged down with too much detail.
The Barefoot Investor Scott Pape. If you wish to make your flesh crawl with the horrors of the Communist regimes, or wish to see capitalism extolled to the skies, this is not the book for you. 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, brrve are seeking mechanisms, explanations motion acceleration beyond us more bree try to open new perspectives on the new century the book is written in hobsawm early s.
For instance the fact that unaccountable institutions wish to depoliticize vital economic issues, thus hollowing out democracy, or the substantial political role performed by the mass media. Includes 32 pages of photos. Some parts are rather disgusting.
The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, by Eric Hobsbawm
Based on the periodization of the book one can infer that the rise and fall of the Soviet Union serves hhobsbawm the anchor of Hobsbawm's analysis of the century, and his subtle admiration for that regime is apparent in his rather Dividing the century into the Age of Catastrophe,the Golden Age,and the Landslide,Hobsbawm marshals a vast array of data into a volume of unparalleled inclusiveness, vibrancy, and insight, a work that ranks with his classics The Age of Empire and The Age of Revolution.
There are also chapters dedicated to the arts at the end of each of the three main sections of the book and devote very little space to explore the more recognizable changes of the century. Feb 07, Chelsea Szendi rated it it was amazing Shelves: His book will help to satisfy two basic questions of the contemporary reader: Dec 31, howl of minerva beve it it was amazing Recommends it for: The Marxists are too busy arguing bfeve minutiae to lend their worldview to great spans of time.
This book abounds in classic Hobsbawmian controversial assertions like: 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.
In the absence of gods and our inability to step outside of history to view it objectively the nearest that we can come to a god's eye view is human genius.
That so-called "ethnic cleansings" were a salient idiosyncrasy of the twentieth century can be easily apprehended from their punctuation of its beginning, the Armenian Genocide ofand its end, the massacres in the Balkans and Rwanda, the latter of which unfolded just as Hobsbawm's book was being published.
I heard this guy was a british national treasure and one of the most famous living historians.
Il secolo breve 1914-1991. L'epoca più violenta della storia dell'umanità
This is Going to Hurt Adam Kay. Mettiamo qualche punto fermo. 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.
The final chapter I found really hit a chord that resonated loudly. Hlbsbawm not so sure Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Home Contact Us Help Hobsbawn delivery worldwide.
Make no mistake, Hobsbawm sees plenty of flaws in capitalism and doesn't believe it is sustainable. One, it is an intermediate level book, so it is not meant for people who are newly exposed to 20th century history.
The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991
History can be written in different ways. His technique is to look upon history as a jewel of many facets, each of which is worth viewing and all of which are necessary to approach understanding of the whole.
Spero di rimediare asap. It seems as if Hobsbawm was too confused or dishonest about the goals and accomplishments of communism to give it to us straight in chapter 2. 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 fringe of that continent.
He apparently uses the term 'order of magnitude' to mean 'approximate'; perhaps he fails to understand it is a term with a real scientific meaning. In any event, the October Revolution was an "earth-shaking" event, but Hobsbawm recognizes that it was stillborn from the beginning; the Bolshevik vision could only really be realized if the revolution spread to the rest of the globe, and when that eminently failed to happen bythe Soviet regime was thereby exiled to the landmass of the former Tsarist empire, and forced to develop in isolation from the rest of the world