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Primitive Rebels (Norton Library (Paperback)) Paperback – October 17, 1965
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Professor Hobsbawn divided his study into two basic parts. The agrarian response, particularly in heavily agrarian Southern Europe, and the urban response, particularly in the small towns of Northern Europe, where capitalist development gained a huge foothold. Although there are some similarities in the response of both components local conditions such as tradition, geography and custom played a key role in whether the response became an organized one or faded in the onslaught. To that end he touches upon the history of social banditry and millennialism in the agrarian milieu and the strong pull of anarchism especially in Spain on the other.Read more ›
Its width and scope such as comes only from historical analysis infuses new ideas into the analysis of dissent always a quest for freedom.
It draws away the analysis from revolutions that above all else is celebratory of ideology to forms of dissent that are as much as liberating, if not manifesting a deeper consciousness of the dissent-freedom nexus that underlies all revolutions.