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Eric Hobsbawm - Viva La Revolucion (2nd Hand Paperback)

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Edited by Leslie Bethell.

Viva La Revolucion is Hobsbawm's magisterial work on Latin America, the fruit of forty years' writing about the continent.

In his autobiography Interesting Times: A Twentieth Century Life, published in 2002 when he was eighty-five years old, the historian Eric Hobsbawm (1917-2012) wrote that Latin America was the only region of the world outside Europe which he felt he knew well and where he felt entirely at home. 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. But he was also, of course, attracted by the potential for social revolution in Latin America.

After the triumph of Fidel Castro in Cuba in January 1959, and even more after the defeat of the American attempt to overthrow him at the Bay of Pigs in April 1961, 'there was not an intellectual in Europe or the USA', he wrote, 'who was not under the spell of Latin America, a continent apparently bubbling with the lava of social revolutions'.

The Third World 'brought the hope of revolution back to the First in the 1960's'. The two great international inspirations were Cuba and Vietnam, 'triumphs not only of revolution, but of Davids against Goliaths, of the weak against the all-powerful'.

  • Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : Very Good (Almost As New)
  • Category : Non-Fiction - The Rest of The World
  • Published : 2016 (This Edition 2017 - Little, Brown)
  • ISBN : 9780349141299
  • SKU : B003000
  • PPC : SP300gm
  • RRP : £12.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

"Throughout, Hobsbawm writes with unrivalled clarity, making his historical arguments and political commentary compelling and urgent even at a distance of decades." - The Guardian.

'Vivid & Engaging' - Financial Times.

'Incisive & persuasively blunt . . .' - Times Higher Education.

'A collection of articles written over Hobsbawm's life that detail Latin America's revolutionary promise and limitations. Includes both rigorous study and some personal touches that show the author's intimate relationship with the continent . . . A good book to pick up if you are interested in Latin America's contemporary history or peasant revolutions.' - Goodreads Review.

The Author

Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm CH FRSL FBA was a British historian of the rise of industrial capitalism, socialism and nationalism. A life-long Marxist, his socio-political convictions influenced the character of his work.

He was a historian and a Communist. The first pursuit brought him great success. When he died, in 2012, at the age of ninety-five, nearly all of his books were still in print, his writings had been translated into more than fifty languages, and he was eulogized across the globe. He left behind an astonishing body of work, including a widely read tetralogy spanning the years 1789-1991 and a vocabulary that revolutionized the study of modern history: the “invention of tradition,” “primitive rebels,” the “general crisis” of the seventeenth century, the “dual revolution,” the “long nineteenth century,” and the “short twentieth century.”

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