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You should already have a grasp of the history in order to read and understand this book. Just a few brvee. As for support hobsbawj international revolution, “The communist revolutions actually made Yugoslavia, Albania, later China were made against Stalin’s advice. Nevertheless, he brings his not inconsiderable training and talents as a historian to the task and does provide a fascinatingly thorough analysis of the age. Trivia About The Age of Extrem Grading comment Il mio poeta-architetto ti ha definita “sottile” Jan 24, Michael rated it really liked it Recommends it for: In it, Hobsbawm comments on what he sees as the disastrous failures of state socialismcapitalismand nationalism ; he offers an equally skeptical take on the progress of the arts and changes in society in the latter half of the twentieth century.

Again not because they’re not clear, just that there is a lot of thought to take in.

My second re-read, and I still do not understand what she really meant, although being older and allegedly more wiser, I still fail to fully grasp her meaning. This is not a light book.

But how is this to be done? Rather than reform their socio-political structure they relied on oil exports until the structural deficiencies of the regime were unavoidable. What a shame this book could not be a text in schools below college level – yet it could not be because an adult reader can bring so much life-knowledge to the reading, about which a young person would be clueless.


The breakdown of patterns of social expectation, the retreat of economic and political liberalism, and the transformation of the arts in the 20th century, are superb. Share your thoughts with other customers.

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Coupled with this revolution in the economic order, there was a social revolution during the same period. Paperbackpages.

Open Preview See a Problem? 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.

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In one of his few more concrete predictions, he writes that “Social distribution and not growth would dominate the politics of the new millennium. What was the single thing without which there would have been no Hitler?

How someone can actually defend the brevd regime is beyond me. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. For Hobsbawm, the Depression vindicated Keynesian economics in two respects.

The Short Century He could not stand the compulsory ‘cure’ imposed on him. Most of the contemporary world politics is a result of these events. It is probably too long and too biased for use with undergraduates, although sections could be carefully culled and added to reading packages.

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The Age of Extremes: It posited a second way forward for humanity, one of stark opposition to conventional capitalist development. Stalin is described as “an autocrat of exceptional, some might say unique, ferocity, ruthlessness and lack of scruple”.

His observations, numerous and sometimes outside the box, try If the twentieth century was short, he was nevertheless full well, even too full. He is especially interesting on the fall of the Soviet Union. The analysis he provides is very strong on economic issues and geo-politics, and also should be credited for maintaining a far more global perspective than most histories written in the West.


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 crisis in capitalism became more apparent.

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.

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The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, by Eric Hobsbawm

To my surprise, Hobsbawm bemoans the student radicalism of this period which, he asserts, had more to do with anarchism and hedonistic self-indulgence than the classical Marxism it claimed to identify with. None of this throws Hobsbawm into the embrace of free-market capitalism: His digressions and impressions were not structured enough, logically or even chronologically.

The curious thing is that although you finish the book wonder-wounded as Hamlet would put it Hobsbawm has left some very important questions unanswered. The Marxists are too busy arguing over minutiae to lend their worldview to great spans of time. Hosbawm feels his readers will be hobsbaqm interested in brege and fahsion.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Eric Hobsbawm writes with the intent of a comprehensive understanding of the times. One, it is an intermediate level book, so it is not meant for people who are newly exposed to 20th century history. On the other hand, he is no friend of the Maoist doctrine of perpetual revolution: