Era dos Extremos: O Breve Século XX - 1914-1991 Eric J. Hobsbawm

ISBN: 9788571644687

Published: 1996


598 pages


Era dos Extremos: O Breve Século XX - 1914-1991  by  Eric J. Hobsbawm

Era dos Extremos: O Breve Século XX - 1914-1991 by Eric J. Hobsbawm
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So that rounds off Hobsbawms tetralogy on the 19th and 20th centuries. 2000-odd pages of sustained historical brilliance that have changed the way I comprehend the world. In the absence of gods (and our inability to step outside of history to view it objectively) the nearest that we can come to a gods eye view is human genius.Hobsbawm is undoubtedly such a genius, as evidenced by the universal praise this series has received from writers across the political spectrum. I continue to believe that his great tetralogy – The Age of Revolution (1962), The Age of Industry (1975), The Age of Empire (1987) and The Age of Extremes (1994) – remains the best introduction to modern world history in the English language writes a man whose political views could not be further from Hobsbawms: Niall Ferguson.An apparently omniscient, polyglot and polymathic erudition across the fields of economic, social, cultural and political history is an inexplicable feat.

But in addition, Hobsbawm gathers these threads and weaves them into a coherent narrative with a verve and acerbic wit that blow the dust off those source tomes and bring them to life, in colour. A gift for phrasemaking surely doesnt hurt. Fascists are the revolutionaries of counter-revolution.

Women of the twentieth century are suspended between the impermanence of their age and the permanence of their sex. In modern ethno-nationalism, increasingly, ones identity had to be constructed by insisting on the non-identity of others. Hobsbawms approach is perhaps best outlined in his description of Niels Bohrs complementarity: There could be no single, directly comprehensive model. The only way of seizing reality was by reporting it in different ways, and putting them all together to complement each other in an exhaustive overlay of different descriptions that incorporate apparently contradictory notions.The great ideological struggles of the twentieth century have given way (at least in developed countries) to a pervading individualism and the secular theocracy of the market.

As Marx well understood, these forces have been the greatest engines for material, technological and scientific progress that mankind has ever seen. But the cracks that these forces, unchecked, are inducing in our personal, societal and environmental worlds are widening. For how much longer can they be plastered and papered over?Das Dasein ist je in seinem faktischen Sein wie und was es schon war. Ob ausdrücklich oder nicht, ist es seine Vergangenheit. (SuZ 20). The human being, in its actual Being, is in each individual case what and how it already has been.

Whether explicitly or not, it is its past. (Heidegger).For anyone interested in understanding the modern world and their place in it, a sound grasp of modern history is indispensable. There is no better to place to start than with these books.

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