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    DescriptionThe first and best, major treatment of the crucial years 1848-1875, a penetrating analysis of the rise of capitalism throught the world. In the 1860s a new word entered the economic and political vocabulary of the world: 'capitalism'. The global triumph of capitalism is the major theme of history in the decades after 1848. It was the triumph of a society which believed that economic growth rests on competitive private enterprise, on success in buying everything in the cheapest market (including labour) and selling it in the dearest. An economy so based, and therefore nestling naturally on the sound foundations of a bourgoisie composed of those whom energy, merit and intelligence had raised to their position and kept there, would - it was believed - not only create a world of suitably distributed material plenty but of ever-growing enlightenment, reason and human opportunity, an advance of the sciences and the arts, in brief a world of continuous and accelerating material and moral progress.


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    Title
    The Age of Capital
    Subtitle
    1848-1875
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Eric Hobsbawm
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 348 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780349104805
    ISBN 10: 0349104808
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBG, HBLL
    BIC E4L: ECO
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
    LC subject heading:
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: KCZ
    DC21: 909.81
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15520
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000
    Libri: B-548
    BIC subject category V2: 3JH
    Thema V1.0: NHB, KCZ
    Illustrations note
    Section: 16, B&W
    Publisher
    Little, Brown Book Group
    Imprint name
    Abacus
    Publication date
    01 January 1988
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Eric Hobsbawm is a Fellow of the British Academy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Before retirement he taught at Birkbeck College, University of London, and after retirement at the New School for Social Research in New York.
    Review quote
    What a book! For heaven's sake, and your own, read it! GUARDIAN 'Brilliantly conceived and equally brilliantly written' ASA BRIGGS 'Brilliant and wide ranging' AJP TAYLOR, OBSERVER 'Excellent' NEW STATESMAN 'A book filled with pleasures for the connoisseur and amateur alike'
    Review text
    Hobsbawm's classic account of Europe in the third quarter of the 19th century. Its Marxist thrust provides for a passionate but always erudite and searching exploration of the great epoch of industrial capitalism with the enormous riches that it created for some and the deprivation bestowed upon others. It forms part of what is now a four-volume panorama covering the period from the French Revolution to the present day, but each volume stands alone and this is one of the finest. (Kirkus UK)