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The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991 Hobsbawm, Eric ebruary 13, 1996

In a vivid chronicle bristling with unorthodox views and fresh insights, British historian Hobsbawm divides the period from the outbreak of WWI to the collapse of the U.S.S.R. into three phases. The “Age of Catastrophe” (1914-47), marked by two world wars, the crumbling of colonial empires, the spread of communism and the near-breakdown of the capitalist system, ended only after the liberal West and the Soviet Union forged a temporary, bizarre alliance to defeat Hitler. Rivalry between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. dominated the ensuing “Golden Age” (1947-73), yet Hobsbawm (emeritus professor at the University of London and professor of politics at Manhattan’s New School for Social Research) argues that despite Cold War rhetoric, the superpowers essentially accepted the division of the world and sought long-term peaceful coexistence.

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