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Globalisation, Democracy And Terrorism [Paperback]

Eric Hobsbawm
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3 April 2008

In this collection of illuminating, incisive and thought-provoking essays, Eric Hobsbawm examines every aspect of the issues that have inspired the greatest debate - not only among politicians, academics and commentators but among all of us - in recent years: that is, the effects of globalisation, the plight of democracy and the threat of terrorism. As we are only too aware, all of these have the power to affect our daily lives, from the state of our economies to the fear of murderous bomb attacks in our cities. Hobsbawm discusses war and peace in our lifetime, problems of public order, anarchy and terrorism, nationalism and the changing nature of the nation-state, and the future prospects for democracy, setting out the historical background and the lessons it can offer us. Above all, he turns his piercing gaze to the Middle East and Western imperialism.

Engaging, erudite and demonstrating his characteristically firm grasp of the facts and statistics, Hobsbawm's essays are indispensable to our understanding of the world we live in.


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (3 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349120668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349120669
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric Hobsbawm was born in Alexandria in 1917 and educated in Vienna, Berlin, London and Cambridge. A Fellow of the British Academy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, with honorary degrees from universities in several countries, he is the author of many important works of history.

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** 'Hobsbawm is as intellectually lively and politically provocative as ever in these lectures on the "barbarisation" of society through technology, economic activity and globalisation (THE TIMES)

** 'This collection of recent essays gives a good sense of the vigour and passion with which this famous intellectual surveys the contemporary world (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

** 'Britain's greatest living left-wing historian . . . GLOBALISATION, DEMOCRACY AND TERRORISM picks up where the bestselling AGE OF EXTREMES and THE NEW CENTURY left off (THE SCOTSMAN)

** 'Hobsbawm is one of the leading intellectual authors of the concepts and language in which all of us now discuss our situation. He sketches here with great lucidity and his usual effortless compression the new landscape of the 21st century (GUARDIAN)

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An engaging and provocative survey of our current globalised world from one of Britain's foremost political historians.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to Hobsbawm 3 Jan 2008
Format:Hardcover
There is nothing wrong with a historian cashing in on a remarkable career and a powerful brand with a collection of lectures - provided he is up front and honest about it. In his introduction Hobsbawm makes it clear that he is presenting the (updated) texts from lectures and there may therefore be some overlap and repetition. When dipped into, as you would sit in on an hour's lecture, the book therefore provides an excellent introduction to some of Hobsbawm's views on the contemporary world.

Some of the chapters are better than others but there is no escaping his central message on American hegemony and we are treated to morsels of some of his more controversial thoughts on democracy. It is true that to be truly appreciated both of these need greater explanation, but there are 40 year's of his writing to choose from if you want to learn more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I could really do with some more... 16 Oct 2007
By Diziet TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Eric Hobsbawm is a really good writer - clear, calm and with gentle ironic overtones.

The essays in this book are collected from a variety of sources - most have been given as talks to various gatherings. They've been edited to help make them 'hang together' better in a book, but this doesn't altogether work.

Some of the essays are great; insightful, erudite and engaging. Some are far too short - cut off just as they start to get interesting. Overall, I wanted more. But some, although providing really interesting analyses, finally fail because, as Hobsbawm admits, he simply cannot understand the (quote) 'crazies' currently occupying the White House. Hobsbawm sees the ebb and flow of history, the changing currents, the rise and fall of empires and, to him, the current US position is simply nuts, showing no historical/geopolitical awareness at all - and so he gives up. He simply shrugs and stops. And that is the most frustrating aspect of this book.

In the end, I was left wanting more. It is a short book anyway. I'm now reading Naomi Klein's new book. It is interesting to come from Hobsbawm's rather Olympian stance to Klein's detailed and committed polemic. They work well together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easier to read 20 Sep 2013
By dianeg
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have 3 of Hobsbawm books and all are about 3 times the size of this one. This was a fascinating analysis of the Issues in the title.
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