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The Age Of Empire: 1875-1914 (History Greats) [Paperback]

Eric Hobsbawm
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1 Feb 1989 History Greats
The splendid finale to Eric Hobsbawm's study of the nineteenth century, THE AGE OF EMPIRE covers the area of Western Imperialism and examines the forces that swept the world to the outbreak of World War One- and shaped modern society.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (1 Feb 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349105987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349105987
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,368 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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A superbly rich and erudite portrait of a society which was evolving rapidly under a avriety of pressures - economic, technological and political (TLS)

Hobsbawm is a master historian (INDEPENDENT)

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Hobsbawm's classic history, repackaged as an Abacus History Great

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5.0 out of 5 stars Prelude to Today 28 Feb 2011
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This is the third in a series of four. The series consists of 'The Age of Revolution: Europe, 1789-1848', 'The Age of Capital, 1848-75', 'The Age of Empire, 1875-1914' (this volume) and finally, 'Age of Extremes : The Short Twentieth Century 1914-1991', the latter being added to the series after a considerable gap.

They all follow basically the same format but, unlike the other three volumes, this one is not divided up into three sections. Instead, we have a short 'Overture', then the main body of the volume and finally an 'Epilogue'. The main body is divided up into discreet essays, each exploring a specific theme of the era. So, for example, there is a chapter on 'The Politics of Democracy' looking at the fall-out from the Paris Commune of 1871 in which Hobsbawm suggests that 'it became increasingly clear that the democratization of the politics of the state was quite inevitable. The masses would march on to the stage of politics, whether rulers liked it or not'. (P85)

The following section, 'Workers of the World', charts the growth, not only of the proletariat and organised labour and the accelerating move away from an agrarian economy, but also the development of 'tertiary workers' - those in offices, shops and new services.

'Waving Flags: Nations and Nationalism' considers the rise of nationalism in politics. Although nationalism as an idea had been around for a while, '...
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Eric Hobsbawm's The Age of Empire is one of the books which forms a four volume history of the world over the two centuries since the French Revolution: The Age of Revolution (1789-1848), The Age of Capital (1848-75), The Age of Empire (1875-1914), and The Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century (1914-91). The Age of Empire (1875-1914) is exactly what the title suggests: a factual and real representation of the dynamics of the construction of empire. He concentrates primarily on technology, nationalism, imperialism, and revolution covering the era of Western imperialism in a remarkable and outstanding fashion, examining the forces that ultimately led to the outbreak of the First World War, and shaped the world we live in today. He provides the reader with a greater understanding of the political, social, and economic issues during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, highlighting how the era was just as much an era of opportunity as it was an era of hardship. In doing so, he looks at the transformation brought about by capitalism and how it affected various areas of life in an age dominated by the construction of empire. The Age of Empire has a clear and precise form of structural demarcation; each chapter follows on from the previous chapter, enhancing the overall argument. In some ways Hobsbawm's preference for phrase-making clouds our judgement of what people felt at the time. But, nevertheless, his dramatic sense of sweep and structure is quite unmatched. Hobsbawm himself delineates in the preface that The Age of Empire is a "history of different states, of politics, of the economy, of culture or whatever" (Preface: xi). Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent overview of world history 8 Dec 1999
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The Age Of Empire is an interesting account of recent world history. Hobsbawm has attempted to combine a variety of previously differentiated aspects such as economic, military and political history into a single volume to give an overall view. The book is not predominantly a factual account of the period covered but rather an explanation / observation of world events. The book is biased towards European history which is perhaps justified due to European precedence in the world at this period in time. I would recommend this book as an interesting and informative read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 12 Sep 2010
This is a brilliant history book covering a very interesting period up till 1914. This was one of two recommended course books for my humanity course in European History. (The second recommended course book was in fact Age of Extremes, also by the same author.) This book is very thick and I was initially put off, but was pleasantly surprised by how smooth the prose flowed and how articulate the author is. He writes in a very nice style, explaining all the key concepts throughout the book with unobtrusive sprinklings of his owns thoughts. Events that he mentioned were explored with many interesting facts given - you get an insight of the Europe in terms of politics, economics - It is not just an understanding of history events as they unfolded. The book is predominantly about European history with other countries touched upon, as it is about Empire. It might be a bit heavy to get into, but it is a great history book that I'd recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hobsbawm as ever on target
I had read the Age of Extremes before this, if you have the opportunity read Eric Hobsbawm's books in chronological order. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Geoff the bookworm
2.0 out of 5 stars unintelligible
My problem with Hobsbawm is not his left-wing perspective, with which I sympathise, nor with his attempt to write a grand, sweeping history of the period - an inane tendency to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by joe
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Good. No problems in placing the order or receiving the product at home. Good product as well. I recommend it.
Published 17 months ago by Gilberto Gouvêa Júnior
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Good quality second hand book that is need for uni history, Was sent quickly and with minimal fuss. Very pleased
Published 18 months ago by Andrew Coates
5.0 out of 5 stars Hobsbawm
Sorry, haven't finished reading yet. Read Hobsbawm before, so I expected to be challenged by more of his books and of course, I am.
Published 21 months ago by dianeg
4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting
A very interesting book which tied in closely with my A2 level history course. For this reason I found it immensely useful. Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2011 by dwiendle
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Good product, good service. Good narative of this period in history. Would recommend the book and the seller.
Published on 6 Nov 2010 by RB
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goldie
Eric Hobsbawn classical work on the history of capitalism from 1789 to 1999 is a fantastic example of the best sort of history: detailed and precie but also well-written and... Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2010 by Lotta Continua
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