- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Abacus (6 Mar. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0349139091
- ISBN-13: 978-0349139098
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 19.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 562,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Fractured Times: Culture and Society in the Twentieth Century Paperback – 6 Mar 2014
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Eric Hobsbawm wrote with extraordinary wit, grace and power, qualities evident in this posthumously published collection (Richard J Evans Guardian)
Reveals on every page [Hobsbawm's] characteristic boldness of interpretation, astonishing range and versatility (Fractured Times)
An engaging and provocative look at culture, from one of our best-known historians.See all Product description
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We lost a great deal when the Grim Reaper collected the author as he sadly did so very recently
Unfortunately, my expectations, based upon his history books, were not fulfilled.
It's quite difficult to specify why. The fact that I hadn't heard of some of the people who are his subjects almost certainly had no bearing, nor that some of his subject matter, particularly opera, exists in an area I normally label "not interested". There are ways these things can be interesting. Here it's hard work.
Sometimes, certainly, Hobsbawm seems to have been showing off a little, scattering obscure quotations in amongst his text, but it's not their obscurity but their failure to add much that stands out. He makes a good point about our ability still to be able to read a printed text published in the 17th century and our inability to read an electronic one produced less than twenty years ago due to our loss of the appropriate software (I'm personally struggling to retrieve files from the mid-nineties in Word!), but it only needed saying once. This and other repetitions are due, of course, to the nature of many of the essays as originally talks given at the Salzburg festival, where his audience from year to year may not notice. His reading audience will be more aware.Read more ›
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Fractured Times: Culture and Society in the Twentieth Century by E Hobsbawm
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It puts a lot of trends and developments together insuch a way to explain the ideas and influences of an era.
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