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print his classic works on labor history, working people, and social protest, pairing them with more recent, previously unpublished pieces on everything from the villainy of Roy Cohen to the genius of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Billie Holliday.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).
"Hobsbawm writes with authority and elegance, commanding subject, form and language.... A dazzling mosaic.... Marvelous."
—NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
An engaging and eclectic collection of essays
About the Author
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
, 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.