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The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991

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The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991

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Dividing the century into the Age of Catastrophe, 1914–1950, the Golden Age, 1950–1973, and the Landslide, 1973–1991, Hobsbawm marshals a vast array of data into a volume of unparalleled inclusiveness, vibrancy, and insight, a work that ranks with his classics The Age of Empire and The Age of Revolution.
    In the short century between 1914 and 1991, the world has been convulsed by two global wars that swept away millions of lives and entire systems of government. Communism became a messianic faith and then collapsed ignominiously.  Peasants became city dwellers, housewives became workers—and, increasingly leaders.  Populations became literate even as new technologies threatened to make print obsolete.  And the driving forces of history swung from Europe to its former colonies.

Includes 32 pages of photos.

Born in 1917, Eric Hobsbawm was educated in Austria, Germany, and England.  He was Emeritus Professor of history at Birbeck College, University of London, and Emeritus Universtiy Professor of politics and socity at the New School for Social Research.  He is the author of more than fourteen books, including The Age of Capital, The Age of RevolutionThe Age of Empire, and The Jazz Scene. He died in 2012.

ISBN: 9780679730057

ISBN-10: 9780679730057

Publisher: Vintage

Publication Date: 02/13/1996 - 12:00am

On Sale: 02/13/1996 - 12:00am

Pages: 672

Language: English


History / Modern / 20th Century

History / Wars & Conflicts

Political Science / World