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A Review: Eric Hobsbawm, The Age of Extremes (1994)

Eric Hobsbawm, The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991. United States:
Vintage Books: 1994 

The controversial, sensational History Manifesto (2014) calls for a return to… 1,123 more words

Book Review

More thoughts on Don Giovanni

So, back at the Four Seasons centre last night for a second look at Tcherniakov’s production of Don Giovanni, this time from the Third Ring.  I’ve also been thinking and talking a lot about this production both with people who love it and people who don’t.   1,472 more words


Book Review: Owen Jones - The Establishment

In the 1950s, in the political journal The Spectator, Henry Fairlie used the term “The Establishment” to mean “the powers that be” and went on to explain what he meant by that, from the Lords of the Land and gentry through to the Church of England and the Civil Service and more. 673 more words

La fecha improbable. por Eric Hobsbawm (1998) (Libro: 1968, Magnum en el mundo.)

En líneas generales, la historia da muchas satisfacciones a quienes gustan de contemplarla de acuerdo con períodos bien delimitados, pero a veces parece compadecerse de ellos. 2,804 more words


Hobsbawm's Age of Revolution - The World in the 1780s

Hobsbawm‘s opening chapter is a dazzling survey of the world (specifically, the European world) on the eve of the “dual revolution”. He sketches out the forces and relations of production and shows how intellectual and political structures and developments derived from this economic base. 1,959 more words


Eric Hobsbawm's Age of Revolution

Eric Hobsbawm is my favourite historian. His oeuvre constitutes a monumental demonstration of what Marxist history can do. 985 more words


Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall...

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall…Who is the most banal of all?

Banality: Extending to great, unnecessary, tedious, long and wordy length.  I guess that would make everything I write banal. 345 more words

Pen As Sword - Social Commentary