Age of extremes

the short twentieth century, 1914-1991
Author: Eric J. Hobsbawm
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 627
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The Age of Extremes

The Short Twentieth Century, 1914-1991
Author: Eric J. Hobsbawm
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780679730057
Category: History, Modern
Page: 627
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Interesting Times

A Twentieth-Century Life
Author: Eric Hobsbawm
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 0307426416
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 464
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Eric Hobsbawm is considered by many to be our greatest living historian. Robert Heilbroner, writing about Hobsbawm’s The Age of Extremes 1914-1991 said, “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.” Skeptical, endlessly curious, and almost contemporary with the terrible “short century” which is the subject of Age of Extremes, his most widely read book, Hobsbawm has, for eighty-five years, been committed to understanding the “interesting times” through which he has lived. Hitler came to power as Hobsbawm was on his way home from school in Berlin, and the Soviet Union fell while he was giving a seminar in New York. He was a member of the Apostles at King’s College, Cambridge, took E.M. Forster to hear Lenny Bruce, and demonstrated with Bertrand Russell against nuclear arms in Trafalgar Square. He translated for Che Guevara in Havana, had Christmas dinner with a Soviet master spy in Budapest and an evening at home with Mahalia Jackson in Chicago. He saw the body of Stalin, started the modern history of banditry and is probably the only Marxist asked to collaborate with the inventor of the Mars bar. Hobsbawm takes us from Britain to the countries and cultures of Europe, to America (which he appreciated first through movies and jazz), to Latin America, Chile, India and the Far East. With Interesting Times, we see the history of the twentieth century through the unforgiving eye of one of its most intensely engaged participants, the incisiveness of whose views we cannot afford to ignore in a world in which history has come to be increasingly forgotten. From the Hardcover edition.

Fractured Times

Culture and Society in the Twentieth Century
Author: Eric Hobsbawm
Publisher: New Press, The
ISBN: 1595589929
Category: History
Page: 336
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Eric Hobsbawm, who passed away in 2012, was one of the most brilliant and original historians of our age. Through his work, he observed the great twentieth-century confrontation between bourgeois fin de siècle culture and myriad new movements and ideologies, from communism and extreme nationalism to Dadaism to the emergence of information technology. In Fractured Times, Hobsbawm, with characteristic verve, unpacks a century of cultural fragmentation. Hobsbawm examines the conditions that both created the flowering of the belle époque and held the seeds of its disintegration: paternalistic capitalism, globalization, and the arrival of a mass consumer society. Passionate but never sentimental, he ranges freely across subjects as diverse as classical music, the fine arts, rock music, and sculpture. He records the passing of the golden age of the "free intellectual" and explores the lives of forgotten greats; analyzes the relationship between art and totalitarianism; and dissects phenomena as diverse as surrealism, art nouveau, the emancipation of women, and the myth of the American cowboy. Written with consummate imagination and skill, Fractured Times is the last book from one of our greatest modern-day thinkers.

International History of the Twentieth Century


Author: Antony Best
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415207401
Category: History
Page: 531
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This major global history of the twentieth century is written by four prominent international historians for first-year undergraduate level and upward. Using their thematic and regional expertise, the authors cover events in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas from the last century and beyond. Among the areas this book covers are: the decline of European hegemony over the international order; the diffusion of power to the two superpowers; the rise of newly independent states in Asia and Africa; and, the course and consequences of the major global conflicts of the twentieth century. This second edition is thoroughly updated, and includes extended coverage of European integration, the rise of supra-governmental organizations, and the 'global War on Terror'.

Dark Continent

Europe's Twentieth Century
Author: Mark Mazower
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 030755550X
Category: History
Page: 512
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"A useful, important book that reminds us, at the right time, how hard [European unity] has been, and how much care must be taken to avoid the terrible old temptations." --Los Angeles Times Dark Continent provides an alternative history of the twentieth century, one in which the triumph of democracy was anything but a forgone conclusion and fascism and communism provided rival political solutions that battled and sometimes triumphed in an effort to determine the course the continent would take. Mark Mazower strips away myths that have comforted us since World War II, revealing Europe as an entity constantly engaged in a bloody project of self-invention. Here is a history not of inevitable victories and forward marches, but of narrow squeaks and unexpected twists, where townships boast a bronze of Mussolini on horseback one moment, only to melt it down and recast it as a pair of noble partisans the next. Unflinching, intelligent, Dark Continent provides a provocative vision of Europe's past, present, and future-and confirms Mark Mazower as a historian of valuable gifts. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Nations and Nationalism since 1780

Programme, Myth, Reality
Author: E. J. Hobsbawm
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107394465
Category: History
Page: N.A
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Nations and Nationalism since 1780 is Eric Hobsbawm's widely acclaimed and highly readable enquiry into the question of nationalism. Events in the late twentieth century in Eastern Europe and the Soviet republics have since reinforced the central importance of nationalism in the history of the political evolution and upheaval. This second edition has been updated in light of those events, with a final chapter addressing the impact of the dramatic changes that have taken place. Also included are additional maps to illustrate nationalities, languages and political divisions across Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

How to Change the World

Reflections on Marx and Marxism
Author: Eric Hobsbawm
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300176163
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 470
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A penetrating reassessment of Marxist thought and its relevance today, by a world-renowned historian of Marxism

A Social History of Twentieth- Century Europe


Author: Béla Tomka
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415628431
Category: History
Page: 526
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A Social History of Twentieth-Century Europe offers a systematic overview on major aspects of social life, including population, family and households, social inequalities and mobility, the welfare state, work, consumption and leisure, social cleavages in politics, urbanization as well as education, religion and culture. It also addresses major debates and diverging interpretations of historical and social research regarding the history of European societies in the past one hundred years. Organized in ten thematic chapters, this book takes an interdisciplinary approach, making use of the methods and results of not only history, but also sociology, demography, economics and political science. Béla Tomka presents both the diversity and the commonalities of European societies looking not just to Western European countries, but Eastern, Central and Southern European countries as well. A perfect introduction for all students of European history.

Out of Ashes

A New History of Europe in the Twentieth Century
Author: Konrad H. Jarausch
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400883474
Category: History
Page: 888
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A sweeping history of twentieth-century Europe, Out of Ashes tells the story of an era of unparalleled violence and barbarity yet also of humanity, prosperity, and promise. Konrad Jarausch describes how the European nations emerged from the nineteenth century with high hopes for continued material progress and proud of their imperial command over the globe, only to become embroiled in the bloodshed of World War I, which brought an end to their optimism and gave rise to competing democratic, communist, and fascist ideologies. He shows how the 1920s witnessed renewed hope and a flourishing of modernist art and literature, but how the decade ended in economic collapse and gave rise to a second, more devastating world war and genocide on an unprecedented scale. Jarausch further explores how Western Europe surprisingly recovered due to American help and political integration. Finally, he examines how the Cold War pushed the divided continent to the brink of nuclear annihilation, and how the unforeseen triumph of liberal capitalism came to be threatened by Islamic fundamentalism, global economic crisis, and an uncertain future. A gripping narrative, Out of Ashes explores the paradox of the European encounter with modernity in the twentieth century, shedding new light on why it led to cataclysm, inhumanity, and self-destruction, but also social justice, democracy, and peace.

The New Century


Author: Eric J. Hobsbawm,Antonio Polito
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780316854290
Category: Civilization, Modern
Page: 176
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Eric Hobsbawm's AGE OF EXTREMES was a remarkable phenomenon, a book of serious and challenging historical analysis that became a worldwide bestseller. Now, THE NEW CENTURY continues Hobsbawm's analysis of our twentieth century, asking crucial questions about our inheritance from the century of conflict and its meanings for the years to come. Looking back over the last decade to learn something of the new era, Hobsbawm finds the distinction between internal and international conflicts and between state of war and state of peace disappearing. He goes on to analyse the crisis of the multi-ethic state and shows the distortions of history involved in the creation of its myths. He expresses his anxiety over the system of international relations between states that have so far ruled by colonialism and nuclear terror. Hobsbawm then assesses the impact that a popular global culture has had on every aspect of life, from happiness and social hierarchy to nutrition and the environment. Published this year in dozens of countries throughout the world, THE NEW CENTURY is a concise summary of the thinking of one of the pre-eminent historians.

Ideologies in the Age of Extremes

Liberalism, Conservatism, Communism, Fascism 1914-1991
Author: Willie Thompson
Publisher: Pluto Press
ISBN: 9780745327129
Category: History
Page: 288
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This book provides a history of political ideologies during the period famously described by Eric Hobsbawn as "The Age of Extremes" -- from the First World War to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Ideologies in the Age of Extremes introduces the key ideologies of the age; liberalism, conservatism, communism, and fascism.Willie Thompson identifies the political influence of mass movements as a key feature. He uses a powerful approach that considers the different ideologies in relation to each other. This allows him to show that they often emerged from a common root or merged into a common future, stealing each other’s clothes and reinventing themselves as the stark opposite of a competing ideology. This sophisticated yet accessible analysis will be of great interest to students of 20th century history and political theory.

The Oxford History of Twentieth Century


Author: Michael Howard,William Roger Louis
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780192803788
Category: History
Page: 480
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'This is a small book but a big achievement- praise for previous edition,' The TimesOver the course of the twentieth-century, the human population of the world tripled, two cataclysmic wars were fought, and computer technology revolutionised communication. In this ambitious book, 26 of the world's most distinguished historians survey these momentous events, with a look forward to what the future might bring. Early chapters take a global overview from a variety of perspectives - demographic, scientific, economic, cultural - and further chapters chart the century's course, region by region.

Dreamworld and Catastrophe

The Passing of Mass Utopia in East and West
Author: Susan Buck-Morss
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262523318
Category: History
Page: 368
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Developing the notion of dreamworld as both a poetic description of a collectivemental state and an analytical concept, Susan Buck-Morss attempts to come to terms with massdreamworlds at the moment of their passing.

On History


Author: Eric Hobsbawm
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1780220510
Category: History
Page: 320
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The theory and practice of history and its relevance to the modern world, by Britains greatest radical historian.

Primitive Rebels

Studies in Archaic Forms of Social Movement in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Author: Eric J. Hobsbawm
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393003284
Category: History
Page: 202
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Little attention has been paid to modern movements of social protest which fall outside the classic patterns of labor or socialist agitation, and even less to those whose political coloring is not modernist or progressive but conservative, or reactionary or, at any rate, rather inarticulate.

As Time Goes By

From the Industrial Revolutions to the Information Revolution
Author: Chris Freeman,Francisco Louçã
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780191529054
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 424
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How can we best understand the impact of revolutionary technologies on the business cycle, the economy, and society? Why is economics meaningless without history and without an understanding of institutional and technical change? Does the 'new economy' mean the 'end of history'?an we best understand the impact of revolutionary technologies on business organization and the business cycle? These are some of the questions addressed in this authoritative analysis of modern economic growth from the Industrial Revolution to the 'New Economy' of today. Chris Freeman has been one of the foremost researchers on innovation for a long time and his colleague Francisco Louçã is an outstanding historian of economic theory and an analyst of econometric models and methods. Together they chart the history of five technological revolutions: water-powered mechanization, steam-powered mechanization, electrification, motorization, and computerization. They demonstrate the necessity to take account of politics, culture, organizational change, and entrepreneurship, as well as science and technology in the analysis of economic growth. This is an well-informed, highly topical, and persuasive study of interest across all the social sciences.

1968 Magnum Throughout the World


Author: Eric J. Hobsbawm,Marc Weitzmann
Publisher: Fernand Hazan
ISBN: 9782850255885
Category: Photography
Page: 268
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The March on the PentagonThe Vietnam WarThe Prague SpringCuba after CheThe Biafran WarPacifists and HippiesThe murders of Martin Luther King and Robert KennedyThe counterculture in the U.S.May in ParisRepublican and Democratic ConventionsThe invasion of PragueMexico City: the massacre and the Olympic GamesYouth protests in Germany, Italy, Britain, Mexico, Japan