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    Britain, empire, Europe: re-reading Eric Hobsbawm

    Rueger, Jan (2013) Britain, empire, Europe: re-reading Eric Hobsbawm. Journal of Modern European History 11 (4), pp. 417-423. ISSN 1611-8944.

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    How should we think of the relationship between Britain, its empire and European history? When re-reading Hobsbawm’s trilogy on the nineteenth century with this question in mind one is initially struck by a paradox: while originally designed as a history of Europe and appreciated as such by a vast audience of readers, there is, conceptually speaking, surprisingly little «Europe» in it. The book titles themselves suggest that Hobsbawm was hesitant about a rigidly European framework. In its early editions The Age of Revolution carried the subtitle Europe, 1789–1848. Later editions dropped the «Europe»; they were simply entitled The Age of Revolution, 1789– 1848. The other two volumes in the trilogy came without «Europe» in the title from the beginning: The Age of Capital, 1848–1875 and The Age of Empire, 1875–1914.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2014 16:54
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:08


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