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On the Edge of the New Century and The New Century are alternate titles for the translation of the original Italian publication, Intervista sul nuovo secolo.
A short, hard-hitting sequel to The Age of Extremes by the "best-known living historian in the world" (The Times [London]). (On the Edge of the New Century is the sequel to Eric Hobsbawm's The Age of Extremes, a book o
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published December 7th 2000 by Abacus (first published 1999)
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Sara Willis
Dec 17, 2007 Sara Willis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs
Reading "On the Edge of the New Century" was, for me, an inchoate experience with Eric Hobsbawm. I did not know where to place his history other than having a rudimentary idea of him having been influenced by marxism in the past. This book was therefore difficult to situate for me. This was exacerbated by the structure of the text, a question/answer form, which made some of the answers inescapably generalized for someone with little prior knowledge. Regardless of my limitations this was a reward ...more
Aaron
Sep 15, 2013 Aaron rated it really liked it
Not a bad read. Hobsbawm was quite prescient in places. The book suffers from being written in the context of NATO's 78-day campaign in Kosovo and spends more time on recent events than on the wider question of the end of the Cold War and explaining why it ended and what that meant for regions around the world. It is also quite weak on US predominance and its aloofness in Bosnia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Other than that not a bad series of reflections.
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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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