Eric Hobsbawm’s four-volume survey of European history from the French Revolution to the Fall of the Eastern Bloc is the premier materialist text of its generation. While giving solid notice to culture and politics, Hobsbawm’s first interest is in the movements of economics and production, and how these tides shaped the broader history of the period.
Readable, engaging, fast-paced – an indispensable survey of the past two centuries.
Kermode’s reading is solid – but the audio quality is poor. Tantor usually does better – how about a remix?
Still – five stars for this extraordinary book!
Painting: Eugene Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People