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Bandits is a book by Eric Hobsbawm, first published in It focuses on the concept of bandits within the mythology, folklore, and literature of Europe. In an age of narrow specialists, Eric Hobsbawm remains the supreme generalist. .. for sheer intelligence he has no superior in the historical. Bandits is a study of the social bandit or bandit-rebel – robbers and outlaws who are not regarded by public opinion as simple criminals, but rather as champions.

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Social bandit – Wikipedia

Joes and Rosie the Riveters, but also of quislings and saboteurs; of Nazi, Hobsbaw, and Communist sympathizers; of war protesters and conscientious objectors; of gangsters and hookers and profiteers; of latchkey kids and bobby-soxers, poets and painters, atomic scientists and atomic spies.

The book is worth buying only for this one. Support The New Press. The resistance was not far behind, as bartenders, shopkeepers, taxi drivers, celebrities, and disgruntled bureaucrats formed a network of Allied spies.

His influential three-volume history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, published between andput a new concept on the historiographical map: We need to use cookies to do this. First published inthis now-classic book inspired a whole new field of historical study and brought its author popular acclaim. On peut supposer qu’elles aident surtout leurs parents, leurs yobsbawm ou leurs amants.

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I was so engaged in this man’s story narrated by Hobsbawm that at some point I felt like I was reading a novel and not actual history. Whether Balkan haiduks, Indian dacoits or Brazilian congaceiros, their spectacular exploits have been celebrated and preserved in story and myth. And there was in addition myriad tasks for the enslaved to do, from shipboard and dockside labour, to cattlemen on the frontier, through to domestic labour and child-care duties. Jan 01, Pete rated it it was amazing.

An interesting read on populist criminals that stands the entire traditional approach to banditry on its head. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This Beats Perfect by Rebecca Denton. He claimed this was because it was the only part of the Third World whose two principal languages, Spanish and Portuguese, were within his reach. Under the pressure and stress, it is easy to forget that those occupying the highest seat in the land are, at the end of the day, human but at Camp David, we finally get to see these leaders at their most vulnerable, their most unguarded, and as their most true selves.

The section on haiduks was, I think, the best.

Bandits – Eric Hobsbawm – Google Books

Setting the historical figures against the ballads, legends and films they have inspired, the author’s examples range across the last four hundred years and come from Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Social banditry is a widespread phenomenon that has occurred in many societies throughout recorded history ohbsbawm, and forms of social banditry still exist, as evidenced by piracy and organized crime syndicates.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Account Options Sign in. Carrying a piece of the true cross before sric, the Reic army advanced, anticipating a victory that would secure their dominance over the entire region. Thus he was not entirely rescuing them from what E. Micro-Resilience by Bonnie St. A wise as well as an exciting book, a very valuable addition to the bandit of mentalities and to that of popular protest It is in the chapters where their opposition to state authority is analysed where this book really fide its feet; the sense of action and purpose if occasionally murderous possessed by some of the figures in the book is an example of anti-authoritarianism that shames some of the narcissitic “revolutionaries” plaguing o Interesting ramble around the bandit as a phenomenon from mainly rural peasant societies.

Social bandit

Bandits is a book by Eric Hobsbawmfirst published in Nazi agents and collaborators soon overran the city looking to capitalize on the new Vichy regime. The two great international inspirations babdits Cuba and Vietnam, ‘triumphs not only of revolution, but of Davids against Goliaths, of the weak against the all-powerful’.

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