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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Age of Extremes: Dividing the century into the Age of Catastrophe,the Golden Age,and the Landslide,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.

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To ask other readers questions about The Age of Extremesplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Dec 31, howl of minerva rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: So that rounds off Hobsbawm’s tetralogy on the 19th and 20th centuries. In the absence of gods and our inability to step outside of history to view it objectively the nearest that we can come to a god’s eye view is human genius.

Hobsbawm is undoubtedly such a genius, as evidenced by the universal praise this series has received from writers across the political spectrum. An apparently omniscient, polyglot and polymathic erudition across the fields of economic, social, cultural and political history is an inexplicable feat. But in addition, Hobsbawm gathers these threads and weaves them into a coherent narrative with a verve and acerbic wit that blow the dust off those source tomes and bring them to life, in colour.

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A gift for phrasemaking surely doesn’t hurt. Fascists are “the revolutionaries of counter-revolution. Hobsbawm’s approach is perhaps best outlined in his description of Niels Bohr’s complementarity: The only way of seizing reality was by reporting it in different ways, and putting them all together to complement each other in an ‘exhaustive overlay of different descriptions that incorporate apparently contradictory notions’.

As Marx well understood, these forces have been the greatest engines for material, technological and scientific progress that mankind has ever seen. But the cracks that these forces, unchecked, are inducing in our personal, societal and environmental worlds are widening.

For how much longer can they be plastered and papered over? Das Dasein ist je in seinem faktischen Sein wie und ‘was’ es schon war. The human being, in its actual Being, is in each individual case ‘what’ and how it already has been. Whether explicitly or not, it is its past.

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For anyone interested in understanding the modern world and their place in it, a sound grasp of modern history is indispensable. There is no better to place to start than with these books. View all 5 comments. Sep 18, Clif rated it it was amazing. History can be written in different ways. School textbooks simply follow a timeline, a guarantee not only of boredom but that the reader will learn next to nothing. Eric Hobsbawm writes with the intent of a comprehensive understanding of the times.

His technique is to look upon history as a jewel of many facets, each of which is worth viewing and all of which are nece History can be written in different ways. His technique is to look upon history as a jewel of many facets, each of which is worth viewing and all of which are necessary to approach understanding of the whole. I’ve never read a better history than this one. The subject matter, the times in which I have lived much of my life, offers the chance to compare my own take on what I have known with the far more comprehensive understanding that Hobsbawm provides.


Feminism, plate tectonics, quantum theory, fascism, video entertainment, the Cold War, free-market economics and so much more are served up fully, but are never bogged down with too much detail. The intimate connection between society, the individual and the ideologies of the 20th century are put together hobsbqwm with a clarity that allows deep but quick reading.

Not a single page is boring because Hobsbawm’s breadth of knowledge leaves nothing hanging unattached, out of context.

He terms the period he brevs “the short 20th century”, bounded by the October Revolution in Russia in and the dissolution of the USSR in These boundaries mark the end of one era with the First World War and the end of another with the collapse of the only remaining challenge to capitalism.

How well did capitalism do over this period? Could communism have been called a success at any point? What was the single thing without which there would have been no Hitler? What is fascism and how is it distinct from totalitarianism?

What explained the popularity of Ronald Reagan? Is Mick Jagger an artist in the same way as was Renoir? What was Dada and Bauhaus? What a shame this book could not be a text in schools below college level – yet hobsabwm could not be because an adult reader can bring so much life-knowledge to the reading, about which a young person would be clueless. For the adult reader, the many pages will fly by.

This book is a rainbow at the end of which is a pot full of understanding. Thank goodness there are such people as Hobsbawm, whose wisdom and intelligence has been applied to historical work that benefits us all. Oh – there is one thing that he misses that is a major oversight, maybe because it is so all-encompassing – and that is the pace of life has increased tremendously since the early horse-drawn carriage days of the early ‘s to today.

It isn’t just professional athletes, though they are symptomatic, the whole developed world is on steroids with no letup in sight.

If the twentieth century was short, he hobsbawk nevertheless full well, even too full. Hobsbawm divides into three periods: The historian observes the political, economic, cultural, scientific or demographic in the world. His observations, numerous and sometimes outside the box, try If the twentieth century was short, he was nevertheless full well, even too full.

His observations, numerous and sometimes outside the box, trying to make sense of this new century so bad and that does not end much better, they are seeking mechanisms, explanations motion acceleration beyond us more they try to open new perspectives brsve the new century the book is written in the early s.

Of course, these perspectives are not glorious the golden age was a parenthesisbecause capitalism has not defeated communism, as believed willingly at the time, and as blind few who govern us still believe, capitalism also, at the end of the century is about to collapse, killing the planet and humanity. There, the historian admits his impotence. Ours is no less great.

View all 8 comments. I remember, a long time ago I read this when it was first published in – I was a social history student at Swansea Uni – and my lecturer told me this book was a hobsbamw for Hobsbawm’. I never quite or fully understood what she meant back all those years ago.

My second re-read, and I still do not understand what she really meant, although being older and allegedly more wiser, I still fail to fully grasp her meaning. However, what I think she meant was Eric Hobsbawms stance on Soviet Russi I remember, a long time ago I read this when it was first published in – I was a social history student at Swansea Uni – and my lecturer told me this ol was a ‘departure for Hobsbawm’. However, what I think she meant was Eric Hobsbawms stance on Soviet Russia; he more or less takes strips from the Eastern Bloc and what it lead to, and what was most interesting believes that an experiment like it will never happen again.

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 d 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.


It is an hobsbzwm titled book. The Twentieth Century, or at least starting from through to hence why it is called ‘short’ was probably the most bloodiest but also the most technically advanced century ever. Two massive global conflicts, a major economic collapse during the inter war years, the rise of political extremes that sparked off the second world hobsbadm, a period of economic growth 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.

Eric Hobsbawm writes in a manner that is not too academic or dry, but this book is packed full of interesting researched facts and analyses, and the chapters on the arts, stemming from the early 20thC avant-garde right through to ‘modern-art’ however we interpret it today were really insightful. Both art forms are tied into the eras they were developed in, more or less being mirrors of the society that they inhabited. The final chapter I found really hit a chord that resonated loudly.

Eric Hobsbawm explains the collapse of the ‘golden years’, the years following WW2 that saw unprecedented economic growth and prosperity, from the s onwards that never saw a return to the growth on the same scale.

At the time he finishes his study inthe world looked quite bleak even though the collapse of the Ei Union saw a ‘victory’ for free market economies and the stagnation of state planned ones. He becomes quite prophetical and also quite depressed if that is the correct world to use about the future; he more or less predicted our current economic woes – that we have hit another, quite severe, slump, something inherent in free market economies he claims.

I would like to read what Eric Hobsbawm would make of our current world situation, and seeing as this historian is still alive according to wikipedia he is an impressive 94 years oldand has lived through this century that he writes about would be more than interesting.

Usually the only people tackling long general histories are conservatives. The Marxists are too busy arguing over minutiae to lend their worldview to great hbsbawm of time. So Hobsbawm offers something that was definitely missing. Even though I knew most of the events of which he spoke, he offers sort of grandfatherly perspective to what the hell happened over the last years, and makes the young solipsistic leftist like me feel better, not so cast adrift in history.

As long as it’s not conserv Usually the only people tackling long general histories are conservatives. As long as it’s not conservative revisionist crap, which I can now smell from a mile away, it sort of feels like everytime I learn something about iil, it is a political act.

Di una chiarezza, bellezza, precisione e schiettezza senza precedenti. Spero di rimediare asap. Jan 24, Michael rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Hobsbawm himself admitted that he is not really suited to a dispassionate hoobsbawm of contemporary history. His greatest contributions to the profession have been his work on 19th Century labor and social history.

Nevertheless, he brings his not inconsiderable training and talents as a historian to the task and does provide a fascinatingly thorough analysis of the age. The analysis he provides is very strong on economic issues and geo-politics, and also should vreve credited for maintaining a far hobsbawn global perspective than most histories written in the West. Nearly every page contains fascinating facts and information, even when one does not agree with all of his conclusions.

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