The Age of Extremes, 1914-1991

The Age of Extremes, 1914-1991

by Eric Hobsbawm


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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.
    In the short century between 1914 and 1991, the world has been convulsed by two global wars that swept away millions of lives and entire systems of government. Communism became a messianic faith and then collapsed ignominiously.  Peasants became city dwellers, housewives became workers—and, increasingly leaders.  Populations became literate even as new technologies threatened to make print obsolete.  And the driving forces of history swung from Europe to its former colonies.

Includes 32 pages of photos.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679730057
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/1996
Pages: 672
Sales rank: 206,730
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.34(d)

About 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 Capital, The Age of RevolutionThe Age of Empire, and The Jazz Scene. He died in 2012.

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Robert Heilbroner

A magical re-creation of the most creative and destructive, the most utopian and the most doubt-ridden period of human history....I know of no other account that sheds as much light on what is now behind us, and thereby casts so much illumination on our possible futures.

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The Age of Extremes, 1914-1991 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
ck2935 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very deatailed book, but facinating to read. I've read a few other's by the author, and it is amazing how he ties everything together.
experimentalis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
the necessary intro to the subject, looks less and less dated
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.