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Class and Conformity: A Study in Values - With a Reassessment (Midway Reprint) look to Robin Hood type figures to help deal with the troubles of modern industrial society A compelling read Robin Hood Pancho Villa enormous numbers of obscure backwoods bandits youl never of heard of are supposed to have robbed from the rich to give to the poor Hobsbawm takes a swing at this confusion of myth and history from an historical Marxist perspectiveHobsbawm s central argument is for the historical existence of the social bandit not ordinary criminals but people accepted by peasant communities as engaging in Class Warfare: Class, Race, and College Admissions in Top-Tier Secondary Schools legitimate rebellion Ateast that s what I think the central argument of this book is I suspect the argument was made clearly in the chapter of Primitive Rebels that this book is apparently an expansion of because there are a Common People: The History of An English Family lot of references in this book to things the reader is already supposed to know Almost all the historical characters in this are obscure even Hobsbawm says most of them are unknown outside remote isolated backcountry districts and the publication of this book founded the field of bandit studies so I m not sure why Hobsbawm writes in a way that suggests the reader should be already familiar with his subject and his arguments It s confusing and unsatisfying especially because it seemsike some of the outlaws would be very interesting if they weren t just a Citizens and Paupers: Relief, Rights, and Race, from the Freedmen's Bureau to Workfare list of names so marginal to history theyl never even be googleableHobsbawm was famous for the uality of his historical writing Sadly this is my only experience of him and this is apparently not very representative Even so far as I understand his argument I m not convinced that the bandits he talks about are
any different from normal criminal gangs except in mythology and egenddifferent from normal criminal gangs except in mythology and egend reuires such an elaborate attempt to draw boundaries between bandit gangs rooted in peasant communities and criminal groups that seem practically identical and so many ualifications for each example of a social bandit that he offers it seems to me that he might as well admit that extortion theft and highway robbery of outsiders becomes a source of income in many economically marginalised groups and sometimes those communit. 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 of social justice as avengers or as primitive resistance fighters Wheth. Ies seek to justify or excuse it especially if the robbers try and share out some of the benefits Also sometimes in a time of social revolt some of those bandits may join the revolt "Hobsbawm was singularly unsuccessful at showing that these primitive rebels are any ikely to participate than the "was singularly unsuccessful at showing that these primitive rebels are any Creating Country Music: Fabricating Authenticity likely to participate than the populationEffectively I suspect that Hobsbawm and other 60 s radicals had a romantic attraction to the idea of bandits as a kind of rebel and on attempting to write a book exploring the concept it became clear it didn t stack up but Hobsbawm didn t want to abandon it and it was too painful to clarify his thoughts uite useful for my research though I would have appreciated aist of outlaw characters that could serve as an example uite uneven and perhaps scholarly than I would have iked it to be It falls far from Hobsbawm s standard of combining great prose with scientific rigour and for the greatest part I was bored with repetitive comments on banditry and uite ong ists of bandits namesNonetheless the book is uite original if not in style at east in the topic which is uite obscure and it would not be an overstatement style at east in the topic which is uite obscure and it would not be an overstatement say that this is the definite work on this subject There was one striking exception to the otherwise rather flat and dry writing The chapter on the expropriators devoted almost entirely to El uico Francesc Sabat Llopart gave me goose bumps I was so engaged in this man s story narrated by Hobsbawm that at some point I felt ike I was reading a novel and not actual history The book is worth buying only for this one you are probably not as interested in doomed idealistic bozos but this a Creating Chicago's North Shore: A Suburban History little treasure of their brave failuresHobsbawm can be aittle tendentious but we re all tendentious he just owned his tendentiousness also the postscript in the paperback I read hipped me to this Richard white article Great story badly told The only two chapters apart from the appendices and updated postscript that were most relevant and interesting were the ones regarding the role the Russian Anarchist Bandits played during the early 20thC but Hobsbawm really does not Couplings like them being Anarchists and so on up until the Civil War after the 1917 Revolution oddly Nestor Makhno is not mentioned in this short book and the chapter on Expropriation with an excellent short biography of an Anarchist called Francesc Sabat Llopart a refugee from the Spanish Civil War whoater performed guerilla operations against Franco working across the Pyrenees who I suppose epitomised the Social Bandit that this book heavily deals with and theorises upon According to Bakunin the famous Anarchist theoretician a Bandit is the genuine and sole revolutionar. Er Balkan haiduks Indian dacoits or Brazilian congaceiros their spectacular exploits have been celebrated and preserved in story and myth Some are known only to their own countrymen; others ike Robin Hood Rob Roy and Jesse James.
Eric J. Hobsbawm ô 9 Read & DownloadY a revolutionary without fine phrases without earned rhetoric irreconcilable indefatigable and indomitable a popular and social revolutionary non political and independent of any estate This surmises the essence of what the book is about but be prepared for no serious study of any particular famous Bandit or Outlaws it is theoretical Marxist social study about the relationship between popular heroes and their class basis And yes Pancho Villa is mentioned who still holds an almost romantic appeal in South America to this day along with Zapata who had of serious agrarian programme compared the military one of Pancho Villa A bit dry and
I was disappointed for no serious characterorganisational study instead focusing andwas disappointed for no serious characterorganisational study instead focusing and mentioning some incredibly obscure bandits across the world from South America right over to Indonesia I give it 35 rounded down to a 3 star book because I found it severely D'Albuquerque's Children: Performing Tradition in Malaysia's Portuguese Settlement lacking and not what I wasooking for Interesting nonetheless This is a concise survey of the social phenomenon of banditry and why it is different than plain criminality as well as political revolutionaries although it obviously shares significant features of both As always Hobsbawm s Marxist analysis obscures the religious ethnic and racial underpinnings of banditry and although written in 1968 overlooks the role of any women at all in the peasantry Useful for my reading in this case for being an archetype into which terrorist groups conveniently plug themselves in an expropriate stuff for the cause Because Hobsbawm is the author I m awarding 3 stars Had the author been unknown 2 stars would probably be my rating Frankly I found the book mostly turgid confusing Hobsbawm has certain theories about the would probably be my rating Frankly I found the book mostly turgid confusing Hobsbawm has certain theories about the of "Bandits Rebels Righters Of "rebels righters of wrongs in myth flesh blood but I damned if I can tell you what they are Nevertheless he does recount the careers of several of the flesh blood variety this section which is sadly too brief is where the merit of the book Desire and Truth: Functions of Plot in Eighteenth-Century English Novels lies One bandit in particular a Catalan whose career spanned the years of the Spanish Civil War as well as the post war Franco era was particularly interesting I d read a biography of that guy Interesting ramble around the bandit as a phenomenon from mainly rural peasant societies Looks at the roles played by Expropriators Haiduks Avengers Noble Robbers and 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 our own times. Are famous throughout the world Setting the historical figures against the balladsegends and films they have inspired the author's examples range across the Deliberative Choices: Debating Public Policy in Congress last four hundred years and come from Europe the Americas Africa and As.
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