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Hobsbawm E.J. : Age of Revolution:Europe 1789-1848 (Mentor Series) [Mass Market Paperback]

Eric J Hobsbawm , E J Hobsbawm
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1 July 1964 Mentor Series
Eddie Bosham (aka Charlie Boylan) is in prison on a murder charge. But he's not worried. He's innocent, and, anyway, he has hidden proof of a ghastly scandal that could bring down the monarchy. Taking up his memoirs from where we left him, marooned on the Galapagos Islands, we find Eddie offering a young Charles Darwin an explanation of why the finches on the islands vary. In Texas, staunchly loyal to whichever side will win, he spies for General Santa Anna at the Alamo and, with the help of Emily Morgan, the ravishingly beautiful Yellow Rose of Texas, for Sam Houston at San Jacinto. Eddie works the Mississippi riverboats as a cardsharp. Caught cheating, he is forced to jump ship and inadvertently stumbles across the secret that will launch the Californian Gold Rush. Finally, having traversed the girth of a nation, his disgraceful saga ends, back east, at a highly inflammatory revivalist meeting.
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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (1 July 1964)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451623622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451623621
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,772,419 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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*'Arresting, informative & entertaining & shows Rathbone at the peak of his powers ... fantastic' Ross Leckie, TIMES *'For rollicking period fiction with a razor-sharp mind behind it, the book would be hard to better' David Robson, S. TEL. *'The photograph of Julian Rathbone on the jacket shows a man with twinkling eyes & a mischievous smile, both adjectives are more than applicable to his new novel ... invigorating & entertaining' OBSERVER --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The first volume of Hobsbawm's classic and universally acclaimed trilogy on the 19th century, beautifully repackaged as an Abacus History Great --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The must-have book for this era of history 26 Feb 2003
Format:Paperback
If you have to study the first half of the 19th century, this is the book to have. Hobsbawm writes logically, clearly, and on a wide range of issues, including ones you would not necessarily expect, such as the arts and sciences. As well as being informative, it is an interesting and eye-opening read.
Hobsbawm's left-wing attitudes are clear throughout much of the book, and this puts many historical events in a light you may not have seen them in before. In summary, this is a great book and the start of a great series - Hobsbawm is one of the greatest historians of our time.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Removes the mask of ignorance 30 Sep 1999
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The book is a destined to be timeless classic. Hobsbawm's description of the post revolutionary age is stunning. His systematic deconstruction of those social forces which bought the age to be and developed many of the parameters and foundations of the contmeporary age is truly unique
The book was a stunning and welcome surprise. Having a BA in Politics and International Studies and a MA in International Political Economy, I did not believe I would find a book which could still provide me with a treasure chest of new perceptions that alters the way that I not only perceive the world around me, but my life itself. It must be stressed, as the author does in the introduction, that this book must only be tackled by those with a reasonable knowledge of history. He makes no apology and nor should he, for skipping the descriptive historical approach of many and subjecting you to a wealth of analysis. I have already brought the other books in the series and am eagerly waiting to read these.
My only regret about the book ? I did not find it as a student in my first year. At the time I laughed at the story of Chinese politican who when asked what he thought of the French revolution replied "It is too early to tell". This book makes you understand this reply. Being familiar with history, it is certain I would have burned far less midnight oil had I found the book at that time,for it would have instantly removed my viel of naivety and ignorance. If you want to undergo a similar experience I would recommend the author of what must surely become the great histroical text of its era as your guide.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
This is one of those wonderful books about a subject I know well, but that pushes in new directions and yet reviews everything I have struggled to comprehend. It is very rare for me to find such a book, one that makes me feel awestruck all over again for something I have read about for years, renewing my hunger to dig deeper. I finished it, then read it all the way through again, underlining like I used to as an undergraduate. It felt that fresh to me, even though it is about 50 years old and supposedly "marxist". (The only thing I could identify as marxist was an emphasis on class relations, but it fits what was going rather than forcing different kinds of factors into such an analysis. I ended by not being sure what marxist even meant.)

The book is about a double revolution. First, there is a political revolution of profound importance: the French Revolution swept away the old order of aristocratic privilege, opening jobs in government and the military to talent. The traditional hierarchies disappeared, crushed finally by a violent purge of those in power. Many reviewers in the US think that this is misplaced emphasis, that the American Revolution is the one of real significance, but I think Hobsbawm makes a convincing case that it was France's that was most important because it was also a social revolution. The American one left most social structures in place, life went on more or less the same as before, as a free-enterprise society whose hierarchies and privilege already were far more fluid than those in EUrope; its value was in the creation of democratic institutions that could evolve, which also occurred later in Europe.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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Hobsbawm's general history of Europe and its growing influence on the rest of the world starts here. It is a fantastic read, combining great narrative history with incisive analysis, descriptions of mainstream historical movements with the arkane byways of historical eccentrics.
This is the first of Hobsbawm's four brilliant "Age of ..." books, and is a joy to both newcomers to history and those who read little but.
Read this and be amazed that your high school history teacher didn't use this as a text for A level or Higher European History, but preferred to use morphine-in-print texts, thus denying a generation of the pleasures of great literature disguised as history.
Even if you've already read this, buy it again and give yourself a treat.
It's banging, man.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magisterial sweep. 26 Aug 2009
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A classic.

Great thematic sweeps explore the impact of Britain's Industrial Revolution and France's political revolution. Hobsbawm offers enough tidbits of information to make the reader want to explore more of all sorts of issues affected by the 'dual revolution' for the reader to want to delve further into the details of, say, philosophy or economics or art, while presenting developments in a clear theoretical framework which makes sense of the vast amounts of information that Hobsbawm has sifted.

One of THE great history books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This gives a broad view of revolutionary Europe when the wroking man had rid himself from the shackles of monachy in France
Published 6 days ago by Peter Gladwell
4.0 out of 5 stars A bold challenge
Hobsbawm's "Age of..." books and his concept of the 'long 19th century' are widely acknowledged as one of the great body of works of history conducted in the 20th century. Read more
Published 11 days ago by S. Meadows
5.0 out of 5 stars Apolgies
I do apologise to the Bookbarn for my previous complaint on the condition of this book when it arrived. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Peter M. Gladwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Wide-ranging yet full of fascinating detail. Hobsbawm combines masterly narrative technique with wry observations and a great deal of entertaining witticisms. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Edoc
2.0 out of 5 stars Flatters to deceive
I approached this book with considerable enthusiasm hoping for a definitive account of the series of revolutions that took place in Europe in and around 1848 as well as of the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by OK Cole
4.0 out of 5 stars What they did not tell you at school.
How I managed to take English history all the way to A level and never even hear of Hobsbawm I don't know. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Piers Rowlandson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Good. No problems in placing the order or receiving the product at home. Good product as well. I recommend it.
Published 13 months ago by Gilberto Gouvêa Júnior
4.0 out of 5 stars Age of Revolution 1789-1848 (History of Civilization)
Although this is a bit dated, Hobsbawm is eminently readable and many of his insights are still as potent today as they were in the 1960s. Read more
Published 15 months ago by John Mac
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read
Hobsbawm brings this period to life with a Marxist analysis of the twin revolutions and their effects on Western society and the wider world.
Published 16 months ago by MR JAMES ALAN ARMSTRONG
2.0 out of 5 stars loquaious hobsbaum
I gave up on this book because Hobsbaum started a personal memory of history, drawing on his memory of how it was for him. I don't like that view of history.
Published 17 months ago by Frodo
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