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3.0 out of 5 stars
Inspiring with flaws, 29 Mar 2012
Hobsbawm's book provides a well-written and informed overview of the long-term influences of
Marxist theory and practice. His admiration of Gramsci as a classic Marxist thinker takes up two
full chapters of the book which make a rewarding read. What puzzled me was the author's lenience
when he discusses the development and achievements of the USSR and Stalinism and their impact on
the communist movement. The left opposition to the CP line of the thirties and beyond to Hobsbawm
is just a footnote. With hindsight, such an evaluation seems rather questionable in many ways.
Still rather rooted in orthodox Marxist thinking, Hobsbawm nevertheless is certainly an authority
on his subject. No small achievement at 94.