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Uncommon people : resistance, rebellion and jazz

By: Hobsbawm, Eric

0349112282 / 9780349112282
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United Kingdom
20 cm ix, 470p.
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Reprint. Originally published: London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1998.

This collection of 26 essays ranges over the history of working men and women between the late 18th century and the late 20th century and brings back into print a selection of this celebrated historian's pioneering studies into labour history, together with more recent reflections.

Eric Hobsbawm's penetrating essays on labour history and social protest opened up a new field of study and set standards of wide-ranging, evocative, incisive analysis.

Essays in this collection include the formation of the British working class; labour custom and traditions; the political radicalism of 19th-century shoemakers; male and female images in revolutionary movements; revolution and sex; peasants and politics; and the common-sense of Tom Paine.More recent essays include meditations on the May Day holiday; the Vietnam War; socialism and the avantgarde; Mario Puzo, the Mafia and the Sicilian bandit Salvatore Giuliano; and the cultural consequences of Christopher Columbus.

Throughout these essays runs a passionate concern for the lives and struggles of ordinary men and women - uncommon people, all of them.


HBTB Social & cultural history, JHBL Sociology: work & labour, JPA Political science & theory

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