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As Hobsbawm puts it, “Capitalism had proved far easier to overthrow where it was weak or barely existed than in its heartlands.

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August Learn how and when to remove this template message. As for support for international revolution, “The communist revolutions actually made Yugoslavia, Albania, later China were made against Stalin’s advice. 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.

What made such deaths symbolic was that youth, which they represented, was impermanent by definition. Views Read Edit View history.

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On the other hand, he is no friend of the Maoist doctrine of perpetual revolution: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The only brefe uncertain about them is where they will lead,” [3] and expressing the view that “If humanity is to have a recognizable future, it cannot be by prolonging the past or the present.


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. At the natural growth rate of the preceding seven years, which was at least 20 per thousand per year, one would have expected the Chinese population in to have been millions.

Hobsbawm calls the period from the start of World War I to the fall of the so-called Soviet bloc ” the short twentieth century “, to follow on hobsbawj 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 one of his few more concrete predictions, he writes that “Social distribution and not growth would dominate the politics of the new millennium.

The percentage of illiteracy in was about twice as great in Brazil as on the Asian island. Ultimately, in world terms, he sees capitalism being just as ll of a failure as state socialism: None of this throws Hobsbawm into the embrace of free-market capitalism: In it, Hobsbawm comments on what he sees as the disastrous failures of state socialismcapitalismand nationalism ; he offers an equally skeptical take on the progress of the arts and changes in society in the latter half of the twentieth century.

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In Sri Lanka, which had subsidized basic foodstuffs and given free education and health care until the later s, the average newborn could expect to live several years longer than the average Brazilian, and to die as an infant at about half the Brazilian rate inat a third of the Brazilian rate in The Age of Empire: However, he does use youth culture as a lens to view the changes in the late-twentieth-century social order:.


The historian cannot but note that the two attitudes are contradictory. Speaking of the future himself, Hobsbawm largely confines himself to predicting continued turmoil: Articles lacking reliable references from August All articles lacking reliable references.

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Hobsbawm often uses statistics to paint a broad picture of a society at a particular time. A militant of the group involved in this mission eventually became prime minister seecolo Israel: Socialism, Hobsbawm argues, ultimately fell because, eventually, ” Retrieved from ” https: This was largely a reaction against the secret treaties arranged among the Allies during the war Denying fascism’s claim to philosophical respectability, Hobsbawm writes: Europe,The Age of Capital: Hobsbawm also comments on popular culture, a subject he has left alone in other books.

Togliatti withdraw the breeve that, perhaps, social-democracy was not the primary danger, at least in Italy. This page was last edited on 13 Augustat According to official Chinese statistics, the country’s population in was He finds damning statistics to back up hlbsbawm claim of the total failure of state socialism to promote the general welfare: