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The Age of Empire, 1875-1914
     

The Age of Empire, 1875-1914

by Eric Hobsbawm
 

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Discusses the evolution of European economics, politics, arts, sciences, and cultural life from the height of the industrial revolution to the First World War.

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Discusses the evolution of European economics, politics, arts, sciences, and cultural life from the height of the industrial revolution to the First World War.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this sequel to The Age of Capital , the author ``probes the contradictions of a largely tranquil age that stood on the brink of global slaughter. Hobsbawm's delvings possess a breadth and depth that few historians have equaled, and this wide-ranging chronicle is essential to our understanding of a modern world divided into hostile camps,'' praised PW. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Preceded by The Age of Revolution, 1789-1848 (1962) and The Age of Capital, 1848-1875 (1975), this completes Hobsbawm's probing analysis of the forces that shaped and defined the 19th century. His approach continues to be thematic rather than chronological; geographical scope is global but with decided emphasis on European and American developments. Hobsbawm moves skillfully through a variety of topics, e.g., the roots of feminism, scientific change, the rise of the working class, and the race for overseas acquisitions. Hobsbawn's Marxist orientation is never dominant or obtrusive. Though not easy to read, The Age of Empire , like its companions, will stand the test of time. Mark R. Yerburgh, Trinity Coll . Lib., Burlington, Vt.
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"Its sheer power and eloquence will make this book a classic." —Neal, Ascherson, Sunday Observer (London)

"It is Mr. Hobsbawm's achievement both to have captured the exuberance of an age, and to have shown how and why that world was coming to an end. . . . He not only captures the age of empire he also illuminates the course of the twentieth century." —Kennedy, The Economist (London)

"A virtuoso performance. . . . Few, if any, present practitioners of the historian's craft can equal. the astonishing range and dazzling erudition of Mr. Hobsbawm's scholarship." —David M. Kennedy, The New York Times Book Review

"A splendid answer to those critics who complain that academic historians no longer write readable prose. . . . The great strength of this book is the way in which what seems in so many ways a wholly vanished epoch is related to our situation today." —James Joll, The New York Review of Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780349105987
Publisher:
Independent Publishers Group
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Pages:
404

Meet the Author

Born in 1917, Eric Hobsbawm was educated in Austria, Germany, and England.  He was Emeritus Professor of history at Birbeck College, University of London, and Emeritus Universtiy Professor of politics and socity at the New School for Social Research.  He is the author of more than fourteen books, including The Age of CapitalThe Age of RevolutionThe Age of Extremes, and The Jazz Scene. He died in 2012.

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