I strongly recommend all four books as required reading for anyone who wishes to understand how we got to this point in History.
Hobsbawm, who is admittedly a prolific writer, invalidates any thesis he would have liked to present in this book by using marxist philosophy in writing history.
Hobsbawn combines crack knowledge of historical details with a will to look at the big picture, and of the political and cultural trends which paint it.
This is an excellent book, rich in insights and observations on "the Short Twentieth Century" (1914-1991). Nevertheless, like all historians, Hobsbawm has his quirks. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Al Singh
I read this book for a class, and I loved it. The authors discusses topics that usually don't receive that much attention in history books; culture and economics.Published 3 months ago by John W. Thurman
It was informative and helpful for understanding the time period. I only used it for one of my college classes. It's not a fun read unless you really enjoy history.Published 16 months ago by Mo
Hobsbawm is forever actual. A very important book.
Booke was promessed to deliver up to 17th Dec 2012 and was delivered at 10th Jan 2013, but is ok! Read more
The controversial nature of this book, arising from its author's communist background, has been sufficiently discussed. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Michael Kohlhaas
20th Century world history from the perspective of a communist historian. It is a great accompinanment toTony Judt's book, Postwar, which describes Europe after WWII. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Reader Rick
There is no question that Hobsbawn, who recently passed away, was a prolific historian and a gifted writer, but it seems less than candid for any review of his work, especially... Read morePublished 23 months ago by John Desmond
A classic. Hobsbawn takes on what he calls the short 20th century, from the beginning of WWI to the effective end of Stalinism in Europe. Read morePublished on June 9, 2012 by Klaus Stiefel
However good Hobsbawm's analysis of 19th Century Europe may have been, his analysis fails in this volume, his history of what he labels the "Short Twentieth Century" from 1914 to... Read morePublished on September 26, 2011 by Reginald Perrin