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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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YeastOfEden I know this is a very late reply, but I hope you see it. You're right, Hobsbawm is focused way more on analysis than on telling a story. In my…moreI know this is a very late reply, but I hope you see it. You're right, Hobsbawm is focused way more on analysis than on telling a story. In my opinion, if you're looking for a follow-up to The Age of Napoleon, "The Pursuit of Power" by Richard J. Evans would serve you better. It covers European history from Waterloo up to World War I, and unlike Hobsbawm, Evans uses quotes and personal accounts to give life to the story. The prose isn't nearly as elegant as Durant's, but whose is? There are a thousand books that will take you further through the twentieth century, my favorite being Martin Gilbert's.(less)
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Nikos Tsentemeidis
Εξαιρετικός ο Hobsbawm. Ειδικά για κάποιον που δεν έχει σπουδάσει ιστορία, μαθαίνει πολλά. Μια πολύ καλή περιληπτική εικόνα της εποχής 1789-1848, της Γαλλικής και της Βιομηχανικής επανάστασης, των πολέμων, της ειρήνης, της εκβιομηχάνισης, των γραμμάτων, των τεχνών, της κοινωνικής προόδου κτλ. Σπουδαίο βιβλίο, το πρώτο της τετραλογίας. Έχω διαβάσει και το δεύτερο της σειράς, Η εποχή του κεφαλαίου και τα θεωρώ απαραίτητη γνώση για όλους.
AC
Feb 09, 2011 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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Will
Jan 30, 2011 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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tom bomp
Jun 10, 2013 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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Jonfaith
Oct 25, 2015 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.
Sotiris Karaiskos
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, politics
Άλλη μία από τις αναγνωστικές παραλείψεις μου αυτό εδώ το βιβλίο. Ήθελα, βέβαια, να το διαβάσω αλλά λίγο δίσταζα φοβούμενος μήπως πρόκειται για κάτι "βαρύ" που απευθύνεται περισσότερο σε ειδικούς. Τελικά αφού το διάβασα διαπίστωσα ότι αν και δεν είναι ένα συμβατικό ιστορικό έργο και σίγουρα είναι αρκετά περίπλοκο και απαιτεί ο αναγνώστης να έχει κάποιες βασικές γνώσεις, στην πραγματικότητα είναι κάτι αρκετά κατανοητό που αναλύει με σαφή τρόπο από πολιτική σκοπιά όλα αυτά που συνέβησαν σε αυτήν τ ...more
Jorge
Mar 13, 2015 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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Luís C.
Eric Hobsbawm in his book "The Age of Revolutions: 1789-1848" defends the date of 1780 for the beginning of what he called "the greatest revolution in history in the world."
The Industrial Revolution was nothing more than a profound technological change in the means of production of English society that from that begins a new relationship between the term that arises called capital and the mode of production that was implemented. The main change occurred in the agricultural environment where agri
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Juan
Jun 22, 2010 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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Kaelan Ratcliffe▪Κάϊλαν Ράτκλιφ▪كايِلان راتكِليف
***** Toward an Industrial World *****

I feel I have to explain the lack of a star rating for this review. skip to the fourth paragraph if you dont want to see a whine about goodread reviewers review framework choices.

I've seen far too many reviews on goodreads of books in which the reviewers make a statement of how they "didn't like this novel; the author divulged too much" or, "I found it to be overally dull and difficult to read". In other words, the reviewer has chosen to place their persona
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Shane
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This three part series by Eric Hobsbawm is indispensable for understanding the modern world. After having read these three books, and this one in particular, I see my former self as so innocent and provincial. How could I have gone through life without understanding the industrial revolution and its interplay with the French Revolution, or European reaction, or the Napoleonic wars, or the revolutions throughout the first part of the 19th century, or the onset of imperialism, or how all of those ...more
Malcolm
Jul 23, 2011 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
Lamia Al-Qahtani
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الكتاب يتكلم عن الثورة الفرنسية ومعاصرتها الثورة الصناعية البريطانية والظروف التي أدت لهما وشكل أوروبا في ذلك العصر لفهم الظروف السياسية والاجتماعية والثقافية والاقتصادية التي أدت إلى الثورة وتأثيرها على أوروبا بشكل خاص وعلى الدول الأخرى الخاضعة للتأثيرات الأوروبية وتلك الواقعة تحت الاستعمار الأوروبي والقوى الأخرى مثل الامبراطورية الصينية والولايات المتحدة الأمريكية، والكتاب هو محاولة فهم وتحليل وليس تأريخ لذلك يفضل أن يكون لدى القارئ إلمام بسيط بالثورة الفرنسية حتى يستوعب التحليل بشكل أفضل، كما ...more
howl of minerva
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Changed the way I see the modern world.
Kevin
Mar 30, 2012 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
Jorge
Oct 27, 2012 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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Derrick
Jan 09, 2008 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
Shane Avery
Jul 26, 2009 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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Said Abuzeineh
Sep 29, 2015 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
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.
Pat Rolston
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is written in a manner that makes the reader slow down and digest the formal style as well as the thought provoking commentary. Hobsbawm is a master historian who brilliantly documents and analyses the world in his scrupulously researched trilogy from a British/Eurocentric perspective from the French Revolution to WWI.

The Age of Revolution, Volume 1, begins at the French Revolution and ends in 1848. It delves into the impact of the Industrial and French revolutions impact on everything fro
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Harpal
Dec 01, 2012 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
Jim
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, economics
Eric Hobsbawm's The Age of Revolution, 1789-1848 is an incredible work of history. It is the author's contention that, in that period, there were essentially two revolutions: The French Revolution and its aftermaths and the Industrial Revolution, which changed the face of society, especially in Europe and the United States.

This is not one of those history books that give you a series of events and dates. This dual revolution instead turned countries from an agricultural/farmer economy to the beg
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Suliman
Sep 30, 2011 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 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
Mohamed Salah Suliman
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
أول جزء في الرباعية التاريخية لإريك هوبزباوم.
المؤلف قدر بسرد شيق وممفصل انه يوثق مراحل الثورة في فرنسا بدايةً بالعوامل التي أدت لحدوثها في 1789 ولحد عصر الانفجار الثوري في اوربا سنة 1848 و اللي حصل في الوقت ده من صراعات بين طرفين النزاع مريدي الجمهورية والملكية وكمان المحافظين واللبراليين وعلاقاتها الأصيلة بمبدأ التوزيع العادل للثروة لتحقيق العدالة الإجتماعية. وتأثير ده كلّه علي شكل العالم اللي احنا شايفينه دلوقت.. it has all started back then.
كتاب عظيم فشخ. لمؤرخ عظيم فشخ.
Pedro
May 14, 2015 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.
Laikhuram
Mar 04, 2013 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.
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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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