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Hobsbawm chalks this up to the fact that fascism, while itself an extreme reaction to Bolshevism in Russia, was ultimately even more incompatible with the Western powers because it was essentially a German phenomenon.
Although fluctuations are simply an inevitable part of a capitalist economy, the Great Depression was a ditch out of which the i, system appeared incapable of extricating itself. 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 The system of crash industrialization based on a military-style communist party command structure was able to produce a Soviet society in which the state guaranteed a minimum level of existence for its population food, clothing, shelter but not much else.
The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, by Eric Hobsbawm
I’m not interested in muddled thinking, or diplomacy at gunpoint and his meandering analysis would have snapped my already broken bag of books even further. He takes an objective stance on the state-planned economies of the Soviet Bloc, and whilst Soviet Russia was one of the countries that had escaped the stock market collapse of and the Great Depression that followed it due to its state-run five year plans that saw Russia become an industrial power house, it didn’t stop the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the disintegration of Soviet Russia between andwhere this book ends.
The intimate connection between society, the individual and the ideologies of the 20th century are put together deftly with a clarity that allows deep but quick reading.
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But can this really be said, in hindsight? I didn’t read the whole lot, and it wasn’t what I was hoping for. There is also a chapter dedicated to the scientific advances of the “short century” which is somewhat acceptably written. The Age of Extremeswhich covers most of 20th century American and European international politics, is a good read for any one interested in knowing at an intermediate level why things happened the way they did in Euro-US politics.
Just as this was transpiring, the Western world was entering the Great Slump of economic hardship known as the Great Depression, an economic downturn that Hobsbawm attributes to the destruction of the First World War and a post-war economic world system that depended on German war reparations and U. This book is a rainbow at the end of which is a pot full of understanding.
I hope to have time one day to return to it myself, and see how well it has worn the test of decades. I think he’s one of those historians that only makes sense if you’ve already spent a lifetime reading history and know the landscape pr I read this with a ton of hope: They had no one to rely on but the state. Product details File Size: He stops for entire pages to comment on the wrongdoings of the United States and the United Nations towards the “poor” communist nations, yet he only mentions the horrific acts in communist nations for example the Tiananmen Square Massacre or the Soviet Gulags in cryptic and offhanded references.
He was not so much a victim of the criminalisation of male homosexuality in Britain before the s as of his own failure to recognize it. But were the insights worth the effort?
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This era was characterized by the proliferation of the welfare state and near full employment the unemployment rate was 1. Dividing the century into the Age of Catastrophe,the Golden Age,and the Hobsbawn,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.
The analysis he provides is very strong on economic issues and geo-politics, and also should be credited for maintaining a far more global perspective than most histories written in the West. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. History can be written in different ways. There are also chapters dedicated to the arts at the end of each of the three main sections of the book and devote very little space to explore the more recognizable changes of the seco,o.
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.
Open Preview See a Problem? Having said all that, if you can stumble through the thicket that is Hobsbawm’s syntax, there are a few insights you can pick up along the way.
The conclusion is a kind of pessimistic, hand-wringing despair from Hobsbawm.
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Individual desire became the measuring rod of what was ‘good’. But to get the secplo from a few critics that he is a rabid unapologetic Stalinist certainly will cause you to miss out on a lot of fascinating insights from this book.
Two massive global conflicts, a major economic collapse during the inter war years, the rise of political extremes that sparked off the second world conflict, a period of economic secol after the second world war that has never been equaled, the s counter-culture wave, and the collapse of the Soviet Bloc characterises these years. A occhio, la cosa non promette nulla di buono. Apart from a passing glance in its direction pp.
He is especially interesting on the fall of the Soviet Union. English Choose a language for shopping. Share your thoughts with other customers.