Age of Revolution: 1789-1848, The

Eric Hobsbawm
This magisterial volume follows the death of ancient traditions, the triumph of new classes, and the emergence of new technologies, sciences, and ideologies, with vast intellectual daring and aphoristic elegance. Part of Eric Hobsbawm's epic four-volume history of the modern world, along with The Age of Capitalism, The Age of Empire, and The Age of Extremes.


Reviewed: 2021-08-30
I had to read it for my Global History class, and the ideas presented are interesting. Maybe because I am a history major, I found it to be fascinating and educational. It explores the causes and effects of the dual revolution (the industrial and French) had on Western Europe. It analyzes the change from the formerly feudalistic society to the industrial, the evolving role of upper class, with a society based on talent rather than birth titles, and the role and condition of the lower class and labor forces. While it was a fascinating subject, however, it could be a little dry, including a list of cotton prices in regions in England in the 1840s, not in a chart, but buried in a paragraph. The paragraph took up almost a full page, and data presented this was was common. I chose to major in history, not math, and the facts and figures, while helpful in understanding the past, are not my forte, and I didn't really appreciate them taking up so much of the book, hidden by relevant concepts in the same paragraphs. It read as unemotional, which is good for a history book, but uninteresting as well, which is not.
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