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The Age of Capital, 1848-1875

(Modern History #2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  2,494 ratings  ·  75 reviews
In the wake of the French Revolution & the Industrial Revolution, Europe underwent another revolution--this time a revolution of values. The author examines the rise of industrial capitalism and the consolidation of bourgeois culture, exploring the effects of mounting concentration of wealth, population migrations, and the domination of European culture. Integrating ec ...more
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Published November 26th 1996 by Vintage (first published 1975)
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howl of minerva
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The chapter on the arts alone is worth several times the price of admission.

Among the many many things I learned: the origins of hipsterism. The phenomenon of bourgeois youth performing a brief, sterile, apolitical, highly stylised rebellion against the materialism of their parents by retreating into some dubiously artistic enclave and imitating the lifestyle of the working class is an invention of the Parisian bohème of the late 19th century. Like all the best insights, should have been obvious
Luís C.
It is good to read quality books on this subject that Le Pen recovers to put their sauce. This book provides an accurate history of capitalism, without concealing anything. What we discover in these pages is that basic capitalism was not a bad thing, he is made when men and politicians have used to consolidate their power. Those who today rightfully condemn this crazy machine that is capitalism, would be very surprised to see that it is their precursors that made this machine went crazy. An impo ...more
Sotiris Karaiskos
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, politics
Συνεχίζοντας με την ίδια ανορθόδοξη μορφή αφήγησης ο Eric Hobsbawm σε αυτό το βιβλίο ξεκινάει από τις επαναστάσεις του 1848 για να προχωρήσει στην επόμενη φάση της εξέλιξης της εποχής του καπιταλισμού. Το ενδιαφέρον στοιχείο είναι ότι ο συγγραφέας εκμεταλλεύεται το σχετικά πιο ειρηνικό της περιόδου που ασχολείται για να ασχοληθεί περισσότερο με τη ζωή των ανθρώπων που την έζησαν και τις αλλαγές με τις οποίες ήρθαν αντιμέτωποι. Ένα ακόμα εξαιρετικά διαφωτιστικό ιστορικό βιβλίο.
Justin Evans
Jun 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history-etc
As brilliant as this is as a work of synthesis, I wonder if it might help to know something about the era before you start reading? I knew a little, and it helped enormously. Hobsbawm has a habit of referring to historical events which aren't generally well known as if they were as familiar as Beatles lyrics, which can be frustrating even if you know something about the time. Hobsbawm himself recommends some out of print books for this purpose, and unfortunately I don't know any good books to re ...more
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Volume two of Eric Hobsbawms' four-part history of the modern world, from 1789 up till 1994. This time it is the Age of Capital, the era post 1848 up until 1875, witnessing the failure of the revolutionary wave of 1848 up to the slowdown in growth of the major industrialised economies in the 1870's. The period deals with the 'high-point' of growth for the developed(ing) industrialised nations (mainly European, although there is some mention of the growth of early North America as well as small s ...more
Colin MacDonald
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: history
This is a deeply frustrating book. There's a lot of solid historical information and interesting insights here, but it's all buried in horribly convoluted writing. This is coming from someone who's pretty comfortable with 18th century enlightenment writers like Gibbon, Johnson, and Smith. I'm OK with complex sentence structure, but this is something else. It's almost stream-of-consciousness, peppered with digressions, asides, unnecessary details, caveats, exclusions, qualifiers, and elliptical r ...more
After nearly a decade, I'm finally reading the fourth volume of Hobsbawm's seminal exploration of the past 200 or so years from a (more or less) Marxist perspective. Here, we have a focus on the rise of the bourgeoisie as such, and how their influence, both economically and culturally, disseminated throughout the modern world in the mid-19th Century. As with the others, there is perhaps an excessive focus on Europe, but also as with the others, it's a pretty stunning overview of a time.
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En esta segunda entrega de la Historia de la Modernidad de Hobsbawm, el Británico repite su formato de construcción de la historia. No relata, sino que subdivide toda la información disponible en una serie de capítulos, que dan como resultado dos grandes ejes: Las Causas y sus Consecuencias (Más una breve, pero exquisita contextualización sobre la revolución de 1848).

Al respecto, en este tomo, el autor resume el período posterior a la simultánea revolución Europea de 1848, como el del avance -y
Lamia Al-Qahtani
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
في هذا الجزء يتحدث عن تأثيرات انتصار الليبرالية في أعقاب ثورات ربيع الشعوب عام 1848 وكيف غير الاقتصاد ورأس المال الحياة في أوروبا والدول التي تأثرت بها وكيف استغل الأوروبيون شعوب العالم لزيادة رؤوس أموالهم وأرباحهم التي انتقلت بأوروبا من مجتمع الأرياف إلى مجتمع المدن وأثر هذه التغيرات على السياسة والاقتصاد والعلوم الطبيعية والفلسفة والفنون والثقافة والحياة الاجتماعية والدينية، وكذلك أثرها على دول مثل اليابان والولايات المتحدة ودول أمريكا اللاتينية وأيضا مصر التي كان موردا كبيرا للقطن أحد أكبر ال ...more
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super instructif
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
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The Age of Capital is the second part of Eric Hobsbawm's trilogy on the long 19th century (French Revolution till First World War) covering the period from 1848 through 1875.

This is the period of the massive advance of the world economy of industrial capitalism and the social order it represented, ideas and beliefs which seemed to ratify it: reason, science, progress and liberalism. This is also - with much relevance for making sense of today's neoliberalism - when the dual revolutions,
Sulaiman Al Amri
الكتاب عميق جداً. يتحدث بإسهاب عن التاريخ الاقتصادي والسياسي والاجتماعي لاوروبا خاصة والعالم في الفترة التي ظهرت بها الرأسمالية بين العامين ١٨٤٨ وحتى ١٨٧٥ ، يحاول الإجابة بتفصيل كبير جداً عن سوال كيف ظهرت الرأسمالية وما تأثيرها في كل مناحي الحياة الأوروبية خصوصاً والعالم بشكل عام ؛ حياة الدول والشعوب والقارات.
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 19th-century
I found the period itself too narrow and dull to sustain Hobsbawm dense summations -- though this is a very subjective rating.
Rob Keenan
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And now on BBC One, The Age of Capital: The Director's Cut, with extra dinosaurs.
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-digital
Excelente libro. Es muy completo. Profundo aunque obviamente no puede entrar en demasiados detalles. Intenta tocar todo lo importante del período. Se puede leer sin saber demasiado sobre el tema, pero no menosprecia al lector, al contrario lo pone a prueba continuamente. El conocimiento enciclopédico de Eric es admirable.

No le da tanta importancia a la Guerra Franco-Prusiana como esperaba. Ni tampoco a la Comuna de París. Aunque son dos hechos insoslayables. En ese sentido me sirvió leer en par
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this second installment of a four part series on nineteenth and twentieth century history, Eric Hobshawm zooms in on the period when capitalism conquered the world and subsequently transformed politics, society, culture, science and mankind's entire worldview.

The first thing to note about The Age of Capital (1977) is that it's much better written and much more interesting in subject matter than Hobshawm's previous The Age of Revolution (1962). In the latter book, Hobshawm places all events b
lyell bark
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"very nice." you could probably have more fun times in this particular time period by reading "late victorian holocausts" by mike davis as a companion piece, or something. also there's a nice sentence where he's like "everyone was a liberal [in classical sense, obviously here folks] then, the way no one is now." guess hobsbawm circa '75 wasn't expecting thatcher and hadn't heard about what reagan had done to california/was planning on doing to america/the world [take a big alzheimer's crap on it ...more
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-history
Particularly strong accounts of the economic boom of the 1850s and the knitting together of the world into a single economy. The organization of the book into "developments" and "results" is frustrating though. Unlike in Age of Revolutions in which Hobsbawm has a clear argument for why this organization makes sense (understanding the development of the dual revolution and then seeing its effects) this history suffers from the division.
Samer Kallas
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مؤرخ عالمي من النخب اﻷول، ومحلل موضوعي شمولي، يعيد بناء الصورة التاريخية بكافة جوانبها وظروفها وأسبابها، ابتداء من الثورة المزدوجة (الثورة الصناعية والثورة الفرنسية 1789) وحتى نهاية القرن العشرين. عبر مؤلفات أربعة ضخمة: عصر الثورة، عصر رأس المال، عصر الامبراطورية، عصر التطرفات. كتاب ممتع لمحبي التاريخ
Jun 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
we asked her where he husband was.

‘he’s in america.’
‘what does he do there?’
‘he’s got a job as tsar.’
‘but how can a jew be tsar?’
‘everything’s possible in america’, she answered.

scholem alejchem, 1900.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
dry as australia but good
Andreas Schmidt
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Transizione e mutamento
Questo libro tratta un periodo relativamente breve, inizia con l'ultima grande rivoluzione del secolo, o per meglio dire, di moti rivoluzionari forti, potenti, ma che si sono rivelati un fuoco di paglia, per terminare con la Grande Depressione com'è ciclico della storia umana almeno da due secoli a questa parte. L'autore al solito non si sofferma su singoli avvenimenti, ma conduce con un discorso logico compatto il lettore a comprendere cos'è stata l'epoca di cui parla. In
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Age of Capital is a continuation of the series and has a similar structure to the others, largely split between developments and results. The analysis is very Marxist class based but there are a few chapters on science, religion, ideology and the arts at the end which feel a bit detached from the rest of the book. This is welcome from the rather dry analysis of the changing structure of society, which is good in itself but sometimes you get a little lost in it the details.

The book charts the
Josué Azevedo
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was good, though hard to follow at times.

As much as I can value his dedication on writing about this moment in history in such a concise manner and with many credible bibliographic evidences, due to his complex (not to say confuse) writing style I felt lost throughout many passages. Not only that, but I felt as his assumption about his readers' knowledge and level of understanding of economical and political situation of various countries during that time kept me off track.

There are some very
Nov 01, 2018 marked it as stopped-reading  ·  review of another edition
Como abandonei, não posso dar nota. Acho admirável o autor colocar logo no início do livro as posições políticas pessoais, o que na verdade fica bem claro enquanto vamos lendo.

Como não quero receber informações com viés político, vou continuar lendo os livros que desçam mais no detalhe dos fatos. A análise mais macro e de grandes fluxos é interessante e já vi na Faculdade. É interessante, mas distorcida, pois analisa de muito longe do dia a dia. É como o olha a cidade do Rio de Janeiro de cima
Eyüp Aygün Tayşir
Hobsbawn, 1789-1848 arasını çifte devrim çağı olarak niteler. Bu eserde de 1848 devrimlerinin neden başarılı olamadığını, bu dönemde demir, elektrik, kimya, buhar gücü gibi teknik gelişmeler ve ABD'de bulunan altın madenlerine bağlı olarak küresel ticaretin yaygınlaşması üzerinden ele alıyor. Kapitalist ekonominin, küresel pazar kavramının 1720'lerde dahi olduğunu bilsek de 1860'lar artık gerçek bir tek dünya pazarının başlangıcı. İşte bu başlangıcı sürükleyici bir roman gibi açıklıyor Hobsbawn. ...more
Aleksander Østrup
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
The book with the highest density of the word 'bourgeois', i've ever read.

Covers in detail, and often with too many statistics to absorb, the years 1848-75. I'd recommend readers to brush up on the period, as Eric often assumes a fair portion of knowledge about major events in the period.

Otherwise more or lesson on par with the first book in the 'Age Of' series, with the same structure - i.e., not strictly chronological, but split into subjects, each covering the whole period with the occasional
Yonis Gure
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Long review of all the volumes will come once I fully complete The Age quartet. Having been hitherto slightly indifferent to history before encountering these books, I've completely - thanks to hobsbawm - changed my perspective. Very rare, I think, that such a fundamental reorientation both of civic and historical sensibility of the kind I've undergone thus far is the result of a single author. I'll pay him this homage.
هشام العبيلي
ستلتقط من الكتاب أفكاراً متناثرة هنا وهناك، لكنك لن تخرج منه برؤية واضحة تماماً عن الحقبة التي عالجها المؤلف، ربما يعود هذا لسببين: الأول: أن الكتاب ربما كان موجهاً للقارئ الأروربي بالدرجة الأولى . الثاني: لا بد وقبل قراءة هذا الكتاب أن يكون لدى القارئ رؤية واضحة عن التاريخ الأروبي ، يستطيع بعدها أن يتنوّر بتحليلات المؤلف وتفسيراته .
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In terms of narrative, this suffers a bit from its blurred line at the end. This makes this volume - even more so than the Age of Revolution or the Age of Capital mostly a description of a status, not of a process. Its strongest part is the chapter on the bourgeoisie at the height of its vigor and influence.
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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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