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The Age of Revolution: 1789-1848 (Modern History #1)

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This magisterial volume follows the death of ancient traditions, the triumph of new classes, and the emergence of new technologies, sciences, and ideologies, with vast intellectual daring and aphoristic elegance. Part of Eric Hobsbawm's epic four-volume history of the modern world, along with The Age of Capitalism, The Age of Empire, and The Age of Extremes.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 26th 1996 by Vintage (first published 1962)
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AC
Feb 09, 2011 AC rated it really liked it
Having read this first in 2011, I decided to read it again. I've learned a fair bit about the period since then, and so better appreciate the virtues and limits of this volume.

It contains a great deal of condensed analysis - hence it is rich, but often dry. It is also very British -- not only in its writing, but in its focus and biases. For all his Marxism, Hobsbawm was very much a bourgeois Brit.

There is also the business of Hobsbawm's defense of Stalinism. This is a very interesting clip - a
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tom bomp
Jun 10, 2013 tom bomp rated it really liked it
The preface/introduction explicitly says that it's going to be a Eurocentric book focusing on France and Britain. Which is fair enough, although the title is a little dishonest - he only has limited space to cover an era of massive change and even though it's very disappointing not to see much about the rest of the world it's not surprising and at least it covers some stuff more in depth.

However, there's no excuse for stuff like this:

"There is much to be said for the enlightened and systematic d
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Will
Jan 30, 2011 Will rated it liked it
This book is, I'm sure, an informative introduction to the interesting period between the first and second French Revolutions. But it reads like a lecture, which is to say, it goes for narrative at the expense of detail. The narrative is an interesting one, and Hobsbawm is evidently jumping-up-and-down thrilled to be sharing it with us, but I had hoped to learn more specifics.

For instance, there is a section on the arts in which the author asserts that artists of the early 18th century were typi
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Jorge
Mar 13, 2015 Jorge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A veces la única forma de asimilar todo cuanto sucede o todo cuanto haya sucedido en el mundo sólo se puede dar cuando lo vemos plasmado “blanco sobre negro”, es decir, sobre un papel donde una sabia pluma actúa como guía y es solamente entonces cuando lo procesamos y asimilamos en toda su dimensión. Sin duda para mí este ha sido el caso al leer este libro.

El análisis que hace Eric Hobsbawm acerca de la génesis y consecuencias que trajo consigo la “doble revolución”, refiriéndose con este térmi
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Jonfaith
Oct 25, 2015 Jonfaith rated it really liked it
The gods and kings of the past were powerless before the businessmen and steam-engines of the present.

Hobsbawm's survey of these twin explosions (French revolution, Industrial revolution) is a much more melodious affair than I had imagined. The material is addressed in an almost symphonic manner: capitalism and its counterpoint. The teetering aristocracy sees France go bankrupt defending our wee American democracy. The involvement of moderates is crucial as they alone weren't burdened with the l
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Hadrian
I was referring to a few chapters of this tonight for something else when I remembered how excellent Hobsbawm really was. His writing is profound and precise. His biases are pronounced, but his method is still so valuable that most of social history today follows after him.
howl of minerva
Dec 27, 2013 howl of minerva rated it it was amazing
Changed the way I see the modern world.
Shane Avery
Jul 26, 2009 Shane Avery rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
E.J. Hobsbawm argues that the French Revolution and the British Industrial Revolution transformed the world in unprecedented ways. This “Dual Revolution,” argues Hobsbawm, established the parameters for European hegemony. The socio-economic structure of Europe in 1848 looked completely different from that of 1789. Although they followed different trajectories, bourgeois liberalism lay at the heart of both.

To begin with, Britain was the first country in the world to industrialize, in part because
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Jorge Gómez
Oct 27, 2012 Jorge Gómez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En este libro, Hobsbawm, hace un muy letrado análisis y contextualización del período 1789-1848. El nacimiento de la Modernidad, del Estado Nación Moderno, del intercambio internacional -como lo conocemos hoy, aunque a pequeña escala-, de las instituciones burguesas de reglamentación y sistematización, etc.

Este libro no cuenta con una narración cronológica de los hechos, sino con una disgregación de las materias a analizar para hacerlas más simples. En su primera parte, de las causas y algunas c
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Malcolm
Jul 23, 2011 Malcolm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-global
Although it is nearly 50 years since this was first published it remains one of the superb histories of the modern age, tracing social, economic, political, cultural and economic developments and influences of the Industrial and French Revolutions – that is, the making of the bourgeois world. Hobsbawm's grasp of the big picture is rigorous and allows the reader to both grasp the broad patterns and trends, as well as much of the detail. The book's Eurocentrism is consistent with its time, althoug ...more
Said Abuzeineh
Sep 29, 2015 Said Abuzeineh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هذا كتاب لا غناء لمضطلع بمعرفة لحظة التحول الخطيرة في تاريخ البشرية، تلك التي سلمت مشعل الحضارة ومقادة التاريخ الأمة الأوروبية إلى وقتنا، وتلتها فيما بعد تغيرات اجتماعية عامة في الجغرافيا والسكان وفي الفكر والفن والعلوم ..

وكاتبه هو المؤرخ اليهودي الشهير إريك هوبزباوم الذي عكف على دراسة التاريخ الأوروبي بمراحله هذه بهدف وصف مساروصفا يشعر بهذه التغييرات.. ويتبع هذا الكتاب ثلاثة كتب أخرى تسبر التاريخ الأوروبي حتى الحربين العالميتين ..

يهدي هوبزباوم كتابه هذا إلى " المواطن الذكي المتعلم الذي لا يسع
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Andrew
I've done the last two volumes of Hobsbawm's tetralogy, and figured I'd start at the beginning, when, arguably, Hobsbawm was at his most Marxist. An excellent introduction of how we got from the ideas of 17th Century England and 18th Century France to the revolutionary fervor of the early 19th Century (which, too often, was more fervor than actual revolutionary thought), and how we became an industrialized species. While Hobsbawm has his missteps (as any interpolator of history will), it's still ...more
Derrick
Jan 09, 2008 Derrick rated it it was amazing
As a product of the public education system, this book unquestionably cleaned my clock.
The preconditions of the modern world are laid out, configured, and reconfigured with such precision, clarity, and ocassional flare that I could actually feel my brain humming like the filament in the Bright Idea Bulb.
Thank you, Mr. Hobsbawm
Harpal
Dec 01, 2012 Harpal rated it really liked it
The Age of Revolution achieves that rare combination of both sweeping scope and coherent argument. Tackling the tumult of 1789 to 1848 in Europe, Hobsbawm somehow manages to summarize the transformative political, social, and economic forces that swept the continent while not losing sight of his original argument: the French and Industrial Revolutions, “the Dual Revolutions” as he calls them, metamorphosed European society, and their repercussions in turn created the modern world. Critics respon ...more
Juan
Jun 22, 2010 Juan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
This book was both challenging and very interesting, not only because it deals with an immensely dense and troublesome era, but because of the way it is dealt with: in an structured manner and with the sensible rigorousness only a great historian like E. Hobsbawn is able to achieve.
You should know upfront that this is not an easy book, mainly because it is about things that are definitely not easy, but especially because writing history is not an easy thing. Listing facts is easy, but working ou
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Suliman
Sep 30, 2011 Suliman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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عصر الثوره للمؤلف إريك هوبزباوم و له ايضا عصر الامبراطوريه و عصر رأس المال و عصر التطرف هذه المؤلفات يقول عنا المختصون بأنها إحدى الانجازات الكبرى في مجال المؤلفات التاريخيه

قسم المؤلف الكتاب الى قسمين
القسم الاول (التطورات) و يندرج تحته الفصول التاليه
1- العالم في ثمانينيات القرن الثامن عشر
2- التوره الصناعية
3- الثوره الفرنسية
4- الحرب
5- السلام
6- الثورات
7- القومية
القسم الثاني (النتائج) و فيه الفصول التاليه
8- الأرض
9- نحو عالم صناعي
10- المهن تفتح ابوبها
11- الكادحون الفقراء
12- الأيديولوجيا : الدين
13- ا
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Ibrahim
Sep 07, 2012 Ibrahim rated it it was amazing
يقول المؤلف "إن عالم الفكر يتمتع بالاستقلال إلى حد ما، وهو يتحرك على طول الموجة التاريخية نفسها التي تتحرك بها المؤثرات في الخارج، غير أنه ليس مجرد أصداء لها"، وهذا منهج الكتاب في تقصي الأحداث. أستطاع المؤلف بسرد شيق ومسهب توثيق مراحل الثورة في فرنسا وإلى العوامل التي أفضت إلى حدوثها في 1789 مرورأ إلى 1848 عند قيام جمهورية فرنسا الثانية، وما حدث بين هذين العامين من صراعات مابين مريدي الجمهورية والملكية ومابين المحافظين واللبراليين وعلاقاتها الأصيلة بمبدأ التوزيع العادل للثروة لتحقيق العدالة الإج ...more
Pedro
May 14, 2015 Pedro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Como escrever um livro de história! Com as definições e mapas, com limitações assumidas, mas com os factos, referidos e analisados, tentando mostra-los a todos e dando uma ideia do estudo feito. É um livro de divulgação que não trata o leitor como um imbecil ou cai no erro de ser pretensioso.
Lazarus P Badpenny Esq
A brisk canter through the fifty year period that shunted in the railway age of slum tenements and industrial over-production. The narrative is not too overburdened with facts (each chapter is supported by footnotes), just the odd reassuring stylistic idiosyncrasy.
Laikhuram
Mar 04, 2013 Laikhuram rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All must read this.

Append: No way one can begin to understand the modern world unless one has read Hobsbawn.
Yann
Instructif et synthétique.
jzthompson
A couple of weeks ago I dropped the phrase "British Historical Entertainment Complex" into conversation. I thought it was quite clever and, like most of the things I say that I think are quite clever, it was met with a slight smile and a "very good Jim, you've been saving that one for a while haven't you? You great tosser." nod. I was making a reference to the "Right Wing Media Entertainment Complex" line that some bright spark thought up in the wake of the 2012 US presidential election to expla ...more
د. حمدان
عصر الثورة – إريك هوبزباوم

إريك هوبزباوم 1917 – 2012. هو مؤرخ بريطاني من أصول يهودية ألمانية.. اشتهر عنه كونه أحد المؤرخين الماركسيين. وهذا الكتاب هو كتابه الرابع في التسلسل التاريخي لكتبه والأول من مشروع سلسلة تأريخية تبدأ بنهايات القرن الثامن عشر إلى الزمن الحاضر..

يتحدث هذا الكتاب عن الفترة الزمنية ما بين 1789 – 1848 ومعظم ما تناوله هوبزباوم فيه هو عن أوروبا خاصة. وإن لم يعنِ ذلك أن يستثني تأثير هذه الأحداث على بقية العالم. ولعلنا هنا نشير إلى أحد أهم أفكار هوبزباوم وهو الثورة المزدوجة وما يعن
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Kevin
Mar 30, 2012 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great primer when I started University (back so long ago), and was on the recommended reading list for my Social History course I took. Being so young, naive and not that educated all those years ago, I barely understood it, and at least I never really that much got to grips with his narrative literal method of writing history; chronological accounts were all I had ever really read up to that particular time. Chronological History gives you at least a timeframe to work around; da ...more
Juan-Pablo
Aug 08, 2011 Juan-Pablo rated it really liked it
The Birth of Modernity

Eric Hobsbawm is considered by many the greatest historian alive. “The Age of Revolution: 1789-1848” is the first installment of his four-volumes history of modernity. Although written in 1962, it’s still fresh, and perhaps even more relevant today in our post-end-of-history era. Since Francis Fukuyama wrote “The End of History and the Last Man” in 1992, almost no one questions liberal democracy and Capitalism, but the Great Recession made dissident voices be heard again.

Th
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Dan
Dec 21, 2016 Dan rated it really liked it
I felt like I should be taking notes while reading this. A masterful analysis of Europe during the time of the French and Industrial revolutions from a Marxist perspective. A lot of great details about day to day life I didn't know. Can't wait to read the next in the series, very dense and detailed but not dry at all, Hobsbawm is a great writer.
Tony Gualtieri
Aug 16, 2015 Tony Gualtieri rated it it was amazing
An impressive synthesis of this era of European social history. The outlook is Marxist in that Hobsbawm is well aware that the dual revolutions created both winners and losers and that they could be best determined by class, but he never lets ideology cloud his thinking. His analysis is more descriptive than polemical. Hobsbawm is a fine prose stylist with a gift for the apt metaphor, but I found the book dense and difficult, primarily because the author assumes much foreknowledge on the part of ...more
Shoaib Akhtar
I first came across references to Eric Hobsbawm in Culture and Imperialism - I know it reflects poorly on my education - so when I was visiting Lahore in January after some pretty bad days at work, and because I had nothing better to do one evening, I went to Readings. That's where I found this book along with The Age of Capital: 1848-1875 and The Age of Empire, 1875-1914. I bought all three - thanks to a very special person in my life who paid for them - because if Edward Said makes repeated re ...more
Owen
Apr 16, 2012 Owen rated it liked it
I will first admit that this book has been incredibly useful for my university course, but the reason for this is mostly because my professor worships him along with various other left leaning historians.
I found this book annoyingly opinionated to the point where it is obvious, unnecessary and avoidable. For instance, he expresses relentless hostility towards the French Monarchy, and seems to psychoanalyse events and trends as though they themselves had motivations and were not simply a collecti
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José
Mar 17, 2016 José rated it really liked it
Señor Hobsbawm, ¿qué fue la Revolución Francesa?



Mentira, el libro es bastante bueno y sirve para comprender a grandes rasgos tanto la Revolución Industrial como la Revolución Francesa. Ya lo había leído en secundaria pero esta semana tuve que volver a leer algunos capítulos en inglés para una clase y estoy atrasado con el Reading Challenge, así que voy a empezar a agregar este tipo de libros xD.
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Eric Hobsbawm, a self-confessed "unrepentant communist", was professor emeritus of economic and social history of the University of London at Birkbeck. He wrote many acclaimed historical works, including a trilogy on the nineteenth-century: The Age of Revolution, The Age of Capital, and The Age of Empire, and was the author of The Age of Extremes: The Short 20th Century 1914-1991 and his recent au ...more
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