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He identifies key transformations through the century – diminishing Eurocentrism, globalisation and stronger transnational interconnections, and the disintegration of connections between individuals, a self-centredness.

Il secolo breve 1914-1991

Dec 31, howl of minerva rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: How well did capitalism do over this period? The Russian Revolution added a further complicating factor to the Age of Catastrophe. But some of his passages on art, science and social issues particularly those pertaining to homosexuality were troubling and bordering on reactionary.

The first time I read this, I was a fussy new grad student, given to pick on anything. These boundaries mark the end of one era with the First World War and the end of another with the collapse of the only remaining challenge to capitalism.

I’d like to say that this is the sort of book I would go back to, some time 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. The historian observes the political, economic, cultural, scientific or demographic in the world. 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 to arrive at that conclusion is not limited by any religious, ideological or economic dogma.

He is, of course, right in that the capitalist nations often commited attrocities and war crimes, but his systematic efforts in making communism look better than it actually was achieve ignomious proportions.

Oh – there is one thing that he misses that is a major oversight, maybe because it 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. What was the single thing without which there would have been no Hitler?


How someone can actually defend the stalinist regime is beyond me. I was born in the twilight of that turbulent century, and thus I consider myself a product of that unique phase of human history, an heir to its cumulative impact for no man can escape the crucible of his respective historical context.

A Brev 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 Kl von Ranke.

There is also a chapter dedicated to the scientific advances fi the “short century” which is somewhat acceptably written. Not only does the book predict many of the phenomena we’re encountering now, but brevw focus on the actors and forces with the most persistent and profound presence in history a clarity that clearly owes a debt of gratitude to Marx provides a perspective that we can use to understand current events.

This book really got me thinking and reflecting and gives a good historical framework for understanding contemporary events. Rock music and its subgeneres are also left mostly unexplored.

The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991

It posited a second way forward for humanity, one of stark opposition to conventional capitalist development. Jun 29, Travelin added it Shelves: Hobsbawm is remiss, in my opinion, in his seemingly intentional avoidance of certain controversial subjects of key importance to the twentieth century, most bdeve that of genocide.

On its own terms it is an excellent book for gaining an understanding of cause and effect in the twentieth century.

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He terms the period he covers “the short 20th century”, bounded by the October Revolution in Russia in and the dissolution of the USSR in Nov 03, Alexandra added it Shelves: But the only thing I took from the book was hobsbaam I think accurate theory that the 20th century was “short” and could be described as the period between the start of WWI and the end of the cold war.


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, hobsbaw interpretation that appears to be based mostly on traditional British anti-American snobbery, European chauvinism and subaltern claptrap rather than on even-handed judgment. E’ al lettore del ventunesimo secolo che Hobsbawm si rivolge, cercando di fornire un quadro chiaro e coerente per spiegare i 90 anni che hanno cambiato per sempre il mondo.

Apprehension of these general trends makes reading Hobsbawm’s book, although a lengthy slog at times, well worth the effort.

What a shame this book could not be a text in schools below college level – brevve it could not be because an ohbsbawm reader can bring so much life-knowledge to the reading, about which a young person would be clueless. If anything it does seem that Hosbawn was unusually interested in writing about these two things and put all of his effort into it. 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.

For how much longer can they be plastered and papered over? Jul 08, Raza added it. That is the essential information for historians of the century” 5. To be fair, both the chapters on the beginning of the 20th century and the ones dealing hobsbaw the “The Fall of Socialism” that deals with the last days of the Soviet Union are excellent.

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

Some parts are rather disgusting. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Hobsbawm has no solution for the reader other than some vague sense of badly-needed “reform”.