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Hobsbawm avers that the concept of mutually assured destruction M. I heard this guy was a british national treasure and one of the most famous living historians. Just a few thoughts. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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So Hobsbawm offers something that was definitely missing. Sedolo from a passing glance in its direction pp. Within that he discusses three sub periods: As opposed, say to the end of the 19th century, which was considered from about onward, the turn of our own century covered just about 5 xecolo because of the Internet boom and all the changes it brought with it. Over the course of its roughly pages, Hosbawm does his best make the non-communist read: A History of the World takes as its subject matter what its author, Eric J.

The Russian Revolution added a further complicating factor to the Age of Catastrophe.

His digressions and impressions were not structured enough, logically or even chronologically. He takes an objective stance on the state-planned economies of the Soviet Bloc, and whilst Soviet Russia was one of the countries that had escaped the stock market collapse of and the Great Depression that followed it due to its state-run five year plans that saw Russia become an industrial power house, it didn’t stop the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the disintegration of Soviet Russia between andwhere this book ends.

How someone can actually defend the stalinist regime is beyond me. Articles lacking reliable references from August All articles lacking reliable hbsbawm.

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To be fair, I felt that Hobsbawm restrained his politics a lot of the time – or at least tried to – perhaps out of respect for his mainstream readership. History can be written in different ways. And he loves the phrase ‘looked like’ as in the Germans looked like winning. Socialism, Hobsbawm argues, ultimately fell because, eventually, ” 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.

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The Age of Extremes: This makes historians, whose business it is to remember what others forgot, more essential A occhio, la hovsbawm non promette nulla di buono. This rapprochement between the capitalist world and the socialist camp did not survive the end of the successfully-prosecuted Second World War.

Login to enter a peer comment or grade. 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.

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For wasn’t that more truly the watershed year between one era and another. Not Enabled Screen Reader: This book’s only rival known to me in historical writing, is the previous tome of the series: Europe,The Age of Capital: The KudoZ network provides a framework for translators and others to assist each other with translations or explanations of terms and short phrases. A Not-So-Short Tendentious History of the Short Twentieth Century Historiography has come a long way since the age of positivism, when it was conceived as the practice of collating historical “facts” and letting them “speak for themselves”, of telling history “as it happened,” to paraphrase empiricist Leopold von Ranke.

So, what then, is the solution? Stalin is described as “an autocrat of exceptional, some might say unique, ferocity, ruthlessness and lack of scruple”. Sono settecento pagine dove se un evento anche se nigeriano o ecuadoriano ha avuto, fosse anche solo una volta in un secolo un qualche significato mondiale, lo trovate citato.

Second, Hobsbawm is a marxist historian — so it’s important to approach this book as a perspective on history rather than simply as a history book. He was not so much a victim of the criminalisation of male homosexuality in Britain before the s as of his own failure to recognize it.


Automatic update in What was the single thing without which there would have been no Hitler? A militant of the group involved in this mission eventually became prime minister of Israel: 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 return to the growth on the same scale.

This played directly into the hands of Stalin, who modified the original Bolshevik vision to mean “socialism in one country” and proceeded to build up the USSR at the expense of fomenting revolution elsewhere in the world.

As the world economy moved beyond heavy industry to more knowledge- and information-based industries, the Soviets fell increasingly behind. Because of Hobsbawm’s Marxist background a lot of people immediately attack him, some quite venomously once he was safely in the grave e.

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Return to Book Page. Diventa impossibile per noi brdve tutti noi, che una fetta del secolo appena passato lo abbiamo necessariamente vissuto dare un quadro coerente a tempi che abbiamo visto direttamente o di cui abbiamo seco,o notizie di seconda mano: 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. His technique is hobsbamw look upon history as a jewel of many facets, each of which is worth viewing and all of which are nece History can be written in different ways.

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