The Age of Extremesis eminent historian Eric Hobsbawm's personal vision of the twentieth century.
Remarkable in its scope, and breathtaking in its depth of knowledge, this immensely rewarding book reviews the uniquely destructive and creative nature of the troubled twentieth century and makes challenging predictions for the future.
# A magnificent piece of historical exposition… an essential read.' INDEPENDENT
# 'A masterpiece' GUARDIAN
# 'The best account of our calamitous century… and he draws the threads together with subtlety, compassion and a gentle quizzical wit.' SPECTATOR
# 'A brilliant and stimulating book.' FINANCIAL TIMES
The 'short' 20th century has fluctuated between the extremes of war and catastrophe (the 1914-45 era when the 19th-century liberal capitalist world order was destroyed by the forces of nationalism, bolshevism and fascism), a short-lived 'Golden Age' of unparalleled economic growth and prosperity (1945-73) and the 'Crisis Decades' of the late 20th century when the old moral certainties and the old political and economic structures have collapsed, leaving behind a world whose future direction is both uncertain and perhaps perilous. This brilliant and incisive analysis of the history of the world since 1914 by veteran left-wing revisionist historian Eric Hobsbawm is full of penetrating insights. An intellectual tour de force, it is essential reading for anybody who wants to understand what Isaiah Berlin has called 'the most terrible century in Western history'. (Kirkus UK)
Number Of Pages: 640
Published: 1st October 2003
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.6 x 4.3
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1