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Uncommon People: Resistance, Rebellion and Jazzby Eric J. Hobsbawm
Synopses & Reviews
Highlighting Eric Hobsbawm's passionate concern for the lives and struggles of ordinary men and women, Uncommon People brings back into print his classic works on labor history, working people, and social protest, pairing them with more recent, previously unpublished pieces on everything from the villainy of Roy Cohen to the genius of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Billie Holliday. Uncommon People offers both an exciting introduction for the uninitiated as well as a broad-ranging retrospective of the work of "the best-known living historian in the world" (The Times, London).
Book News Annotation:
British labor and social historian Hobsbawn collects 26 essays, 11 published between the middle 1950s and 1990s, and the others appearing here for the first time. The Radical Tradition section examines the working class and ideologies associated with its movements from the 18th to the 20th centuries, Country People considers traditional peasantries, Contemporary History explores situations that are conventionally described in terms of individual intentions but that are in fact much larger, and Jazz looks at one of the few developments in the major arts entirely rooted in the lives of poor people.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
An engaging and eclectic collection of essays
About the Author
Eric Hobsbawm was born in Alexandria in 1917 and educated in Austria, Germany and England. He taught at Birkbeck College, University of London, and then at the New School for Social Research in New York. In addition to The Age of Revolution, The Age of Capital, The Age of Empire and The Age of Extremes, his books include Bandits, Revolutionaries, Uncommon People, and his memoir Interesting Times. Eric Hobsbawm died in 2012.
Table of Contents
The radical tradition — Tom Paine --The machine-breakers — Political shoemakers — Labour traditions — The making of the working class, 1870-1914 — Victorian values — Man and woman : images on the left — Birth of a holiday : the First of May — Socialism and the avant-garde, 1880-1914 — The Left's megaphone — Country people — Peasants and politics — Peasant land occupations — The bandit Giuliano — Contemporary history — Vietnam and the dynamics of guerrilla war — May 1968 — The rules of violence — Revolution and sex — Epitaph for a villain : Roy Cohn — Jazz — The Caruso of jazz --Count Basie — The Duke — Jazz comes to Europe — The people's swing — Jazz since 1960 — Billie Holliday — The old world and the new : 500 years of Columbus.
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