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The Power of the Past
Essays for Eric Hobsbawm


Pat Thane, Geoffrey Crossick, Eugene D. Genovese, Maurice Agulhon, Joan Wallach Scott, Jürgen Kocka, Richard Price, Michelle Perrot, Temma Kaplan, F. M. L. Thompson, José Harris, Peter Hanak, Iván T. Berend, Antoni Macak
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  • Date Published: September 1984
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521275279

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  • Modern industrial societies are the creation of forced of change embedded in their pre-industrial and pre-capitalist past, forces which have shaped their economic structures, their politics of domination and resistance, their social ideas and relationships. In this book a distinguished group of historians focuses on this dialectal relationship between capitalism and its pre-capitalist heritage, revealing the ways in which older forms - whether they be social and economic structures and institutions, movements or ideologies, rituals or vocabulary - help to shape new, and are themselves reshaped in the process. The book thus develops a central theme in the writing of Eric Hobsbawm, to whom these essays are presented as a tribute on his retirement from Birkbeck College. An additional essay provides a major reappraisal of Hobsbawm's work. A number of different themes in modern European history are discussed in the context of the interrelationship of capitalism and the pre capitalist past. Several essays explore the history of the working class, its ideas and strategies of resistance, in France, Britain, Germany and Spain. Others discuss the place of landowners and bankers in the European ruling classes, and the development of central and eastern European societies. Their common concern is with the power of the past over patterns of change, and as such they are both a tribute to an outstanding British historian and a major contribution to the analysis of modern European history.

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    • Date Published: September 1984
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521275279
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Capitalism and its pre-capitalist heritage Pat Thane and Geoffrey Crossick
    1. The politics of class struggle in the history of society: an appraisal of the work of Eric Hobsbawm Eugene D. Genovese
    2. Working class and sociability in France before 1848 Maurice Agulhon
    3. Men and women in the Parisian garment trades: discussions of family and work in the 1830s and 1840s Joan Wallach Scott
    4. Craft traditions and the labour movement in nineteenth-century Germany Jürgen Kocka
    5. Structures of subordination in nineteenth-century British industry Richard Price
    6. The first of May 1890 in France: the birth of a working-class ritual Michelle Perrot
    7. Civic rituals and patterns of resistance in Barcelona, 1890–1930 Temma Kaplan
    8. English landed society in the nineteenth-century F. M. L. Thompson
    9. British and European bankers 1882–1914: an 'aristocratic bourgeoisie'? José Harris and Pat Thane
    10. Problems of Jewish assimilation in Austria - Hungary in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Peter Hanak
    11. Alternatives to class revolution: Central and Eastern Europe after the First World War Iván T. Berend
    12. Vicissitudes of feudalism in modern Poland Antoni Macak

  • Editors

    Pat Thane

    Geoffrey Crossick

    Roderick Floud, Gresham College


    Pat Thane, Geoffrey Crossick, Eugene D. Genovese, Maurice Agulhon, Joan Wallach Scott, Jürgen Kocka, Richard Price, Michelle Perrot, Temma Kaplan, F. M. L. Thompson, José Harris, Peter Hanak, Iván T. Berend, Antoni Macak

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