The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991 (Paperback)

A History of the World, 1914-1991

By Eric Hobsbawm

Vintage, 9780679730057, 672pp.

Publication Date: February 13, 1996



Dividing the century into the Age of Catastrophe, 1914 1950, the Golden Age, 1950 1973, and the Landslide, 1973 1991, Hobsbawm marshals a vast array of data into a volume of unparalleled inclusiveness, vibrancy, and insight, a work that ranks with his classics The Age of Empire and The Age of Revolution.
In the short century between 1914 and 1991, the world has been convulsed by two global wars that swept away millions of lives and entire systems of government. Communism became a messianic faith and then collapsed ignominiously. Peasants became city dwellers, housewives became workers and, increasingly leaders. Populations became literate even as new technologies threatened to make print obsolete. And the driving forces of history swung from Europe to its former colonies.
Includes 32 pages of photos.

About the Author

Born in 1917, Eric Hobsbawm was educated in Austria, Germany, and England. He was Emeritus Professor of history at Birbeck College, University of London, and Emeritus Universtiy Professor of politics and socity at the New School for Social Research. He is the author of more than fourteen books, including The Age of Capital, The Age of Revolution, The Age of Empire, andThe Jazz Scene. He died in 2012."