• The Age of Empire

  • 1875-1914
  • By: Eric Hobsbawm
  • Narrated by: Hugh Kermode
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The splendid finale to Eric Hobsbawm's study of the 19th century, The Age of Empire covers the area of Western Imperialism and examines the forces that swept the world to the outbreak of World War One - and shaped modern society.

©1987 Eric Hobsbawm (P)1987 Hachette Audio UK
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

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  • 09-05-20

Excellent historic analysis

An excellent work of historical analysis to round off the series on the long 19th century. Hobsbawn takes on numerous themes, labour, capital, diplomacy, arts, women, science etc and applies his wonderful historical analysis and lively writing style to them. If you have read and enjoyed the previous 2 books then this is essential reading.

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  • David.L
  • 11-16-21

a really tough listen

firstly, Hobsbawm must be appreciated for his viewpoints he stands out with his clear Marxist viewpoint and there are points that are inspiring but I found the narrative too all over the place. Instead of giving a clear understanding of empire. this is an excellent academic text but not for me sadly.

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  • Mark
  • 08-29-20

Badly let down by machine like oration

I’m sure there’s a good book here somewhere. But if the narrator is bored, and sounds it sadly, so am I.