The Age of Extremes, 1914-1991

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Dividing the century into the Age of Catastrophe, 1914-1950, the Golden Age, 1950-1973, and the Landslide, 1973-1991, 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. Includes 32 pages of photos.

Dividing the century into the Age of Catastrophe, 1914-1950, the Golden Age, 1950-1973, and the Landslide, 1973-1991, Hobsbawm marshals...

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Overview

Dividing the century into the Age of Catastrophe, 1914-1950, the Golden Age, 1950-1973, and the Landslide, 1973-1991, 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. Includes 32 pages of photos.

Dividing the century into the Age of Catastrophe, 1914-1950, the Golden Age, 1950-1973, and the Landslide, 1973-1991, 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. Includes 32 pages of photos.

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Penetrating....Offers a powerful interpretation of the wellsprings of an age of unprecedented economic transformation, mass slaughter and social upheaval....Facts roll off Hobsbawm's pages like thunderbolts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679730057
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/1996
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 253,517
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2000

    history books rule

    my school does not offer history classes for freshman and i did not like that because history is my favorite class so i am ordering this book from a different location because it is against school rules to order from school

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2009

    Hobsbawm

    Hobsbawm has produced a work of staggering depth and impressive intellectual rigor. Without a doubt this would be the book to give to anyone with a desire to understand the events, ideas and circumstances that shaped our world during its most "extreme" epoch. The simplicity of his writing allows for the facile understanding of complex concepts while the complexity of the 20th century is brought into a focus that lays bare the currents that formed it.

    My only criticism would be that I think the book focuses too much on the WEST. And it may be somewhat partisan but I don't think that gets in the way of the brilliance of the piece as a whole.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2003

    A mile wide, but not even an inch deep

    I found this book a disappointment. Even given the obvious fact that to cover what is arguably the single most important span of years in the history of the world to date, one has to choose one's subjects carefully, I felt that Hobsbawm glossed over far too much. His Marxist orientation shows not only in his overemphasis on Russia and his slavish devotion to economic and political trivia, but also in the terms he uses to analyze some of the events he discusses. (In fact, it seems at times like you have to be a Communist to get mentioned by name in this book.) In particular, I find his analysis of Nazism both disturbing and significantly flawed. As Hobsbawm noted in his preface, he didn't bother reading much specialist work in preparing this book, and in this particular instance, it shows. A number of the hypotheses he puts forward to explain the Nazi phenomenon in Germany have been discredited by recent scholarship, and Hobsbawm does his readers a disservice by failing to notice that fact.

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