By Eric J. Hobsbawm
An impressive research of the top of 'the lengthy 19th century'
THE AGE OF EMPIRE is a publication concerning the unusual loss of life of the 19th century, the area made through and for liberal heart periods within the identify of common growth and civilisation. it really is approximately hopes realised which changed into fears: an period of unprecedented peace engendering an period of extraordinary battle; rebel and revolution rising at the outskirts of society; a time of profound identification problem for bourgeois sessions, between new and unexpected mass labour pursuits which rejected capitalism and new heart sessions which rejected liberalism. it really is approximately global empires equipped and held with nearly contemptuous ease by means of small our bodies of Europeans that have been to final slightly a human lifetime, and a ecu domination of global heritage, which was once by no means extra convinced than for the time being it used to be approximately to vanish for ever. it truly is approximately Queen Victoria, Madame Curie and the Kodak woman, and the radical social international of material caps, golfing golf equipment and brassieres, approximately Nietzsche, Carnegie, William Morris and Dreyfus, approximately politically useless terrorists, considered one of whom, to his and everyone's shock, began an international war.
With the AGE OF EMPIRE, Eric Hobsbawm, Britain's major historian of the left, brings to a stunning climax his extraordinary interpretative background of 'the lengthy 19th century'.
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Age Of Empire 1875-1914 by Eric J. Hobsbawm