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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 like Robin Hood Rob Roy and Jesse James. 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

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Bandits AUTHOR Eric J. Hobsbawm

Are famous throughout the world Setting the historical figures against the ballads legends and films they have inspired the author's examples range across the last four hundred years and come from Europe the Americas Africa and As. 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 nature of bandits rebels righters of social 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 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

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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. uite uneven and perhaps scholarly than I would have liked 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 long lists of bandits namesNonetheless the book is uite original if not in style at least in the topic which is uite obscure and it would not be an overstatement to 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 like I was reading a novel and not actual history The book is worth buying only for this one


10 thoughts on “Bandits AUTHOR Eric J. Hobsbawm

  1. says:

    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 like them being Anarchists and so on up until the Civil War after the 1917 Revolution odd

  2. says:

    uite uneven and perhaps scholarly than I would have liked 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 long lists of bandits' namesNonetheless the book is uite original if not in style at least in t

  3. says:

    The sharpest historical mind of the last century turns his eye on pre Marxian revolutionaries bandits mafias anarchist peasants and

  4. says:

    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 fo

  5. says:

    you are probably not as interested in doomed idealistic bozos but this a little treasure of their brave failuresHobsbawm can be a little 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

  6. says:

    Robin Hood Pancho Villa enormous numbers of obscure backwoods bandits you’ll never of heard of are supposed to have robbed

  7. says:

    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 nature of bandits rebels righters of social wrongs in myth flesh blood but I damned if I can tell you what they are Nevertheless he does

  8. says:

    Great story badly told

  9. says:

    uite useful for my research though I would have appreciated a list of outlaw characters that could serve as an example

  10. says:

    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 poss