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Hobsbawm calls the period from the start of World War I to the fall of the brevd Soviet bloc ” the edic twentieth century “, to follow on ” the long 19th century “, the period from the start of the French Revolution in to the start of World War I inwhich he covered in an earlier trilogy of histories The Age of Revolution: In fact it was Retrieved from ” https: Hobsbawm points out the abysmal record of recent attempts to predict the world’s future.

Il secolo breve 1914-1991

Views Read Edit View history. The historian cannot but note that the two attitudes are contradictory.

Sexolo the natural growth rate of the preceding seven years, which was at least 20 per thousand eruc year, one would have expected the Chinese population in to have been millions. Socialism, Hobsbawm argues, ultimately fell because, eventually, ” By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The great [Chinese] famine ofprobably the greatest famine of the twentieth century: The Bolsheviksdiscovering these sensitive documents in the Tsarist archives, had promptly published them for the world to read.


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Articles lacking reliable references from August All articles lacking reliable references. The Soviet view was that, both internationally and within each country, post-war politics should continue within the framework of the all-embracing anti-fascist alliance The percentage of illiteracy in was about twice as great in Brazil as on the Asian island.

Denying fascism’s claim to philosophical hobsbawwm, Hobsbawm writes: As Hobsbawm puts it, “Capitalism had proved far easier to overthrow where it was weak or barely existed than in its heartlands.

Speaking of the future himself, Hobsbawm largely confines himself to predicting continued turmoil: He finds damning statistics to back up his claim of the total failure of state socialism to promote the general welfare: None of this throws Hobsbawm hovsbawm the embrace of free-market capitalism: The Age of Extremes: However, he does use youth culture as a lens to view the changes in the late-twentieth-century social order:.

As for support for international revolution, “The communist revolutions hobsbxwm made Yugoslavia, Albania, later China were made against Stalin’s advice.

On the other hand, he is no friend of the Maoist doctrine of perpetual revolution: August Learn how and when to remove this template message. This article may rely excessively on sources too closely associated with the subjectpotentially preventing the article from being verifiable and neutral.

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In particular, State Socialism always dispensed with the democratic element of the socialist vision: This page was last edited on 13 Augustat Similarly, “Brazil, a monument to social neglect, had a GNP per capita almost two-and-a-half as large as Sri Lanka inand over six times as large at the end of the 80s.


The Russian Revolution of was not the brefe of the most advanced capitalist societies predicted by Karl Marx.

There is no doubt that Stalin meant all this seriously, and tried to prove it by dissolving nobsbawm Comintern inand the Communist Party of the United States in With reference to the contemporary United States at the time of writing he points out, “In58 per cent of all black families in the United States were headed by a single woman and 70 per cent of all children were born to single mothers,” [26] and “In 15 per cent of what was proportionally the largest prison population in the world — prisoners perpopulation — were said to be mentally ill.

A militant of the group involved in this mission eventually became prime minister of Israel: Togliatti withdraw the suggestion that, perhaps, social-democracy was not the primary danger, at least in Italy.

Hobsbawm often uses statistics to paint a broad picture of a society at a particular time. It is a central thesis of Hobsbawm’s book that, from the start, State Socialism betrayed the socialist and internationalist vision it claimed to uphold.