The Age Of Capital
In this book, Eric Hobsbawm chronicles the events and trends that led to the triumph of private enterprise and its exponents in the years between 1848 and 1875. Along with Hobsbawm’s other volumes, this book constitutes and intellectual key to the origins of the world in which we now live.
Although it pulses with great events—failed revolutions, catastrophic wars, and a global depression—’The Age of Capital (1848 – 1875)’ is most outstanding for its analysis of the trends that created the new order. With the sweep and sophistication that have made him one of our greatest historians, Hobsbawm indentifies this epoch’s winners and losers, its institutions, ideologies, science, and religion.
Eric Hobsbawm (1917-2012) was educated in Vienna, Berlin, London, and Cambridge. He was Professor of Economic and Social History at Birbeck College, University of London. He also taught at Stanford, MIT, Cornell, and the New School for Social Research. A Fellow of the British Academy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the author of more than 20 books of history including ‘The Age of Revolution’, ‘The Age of Capital’, ‘The Age of Empire’, and ‘The Age of Extremes’.
The Age of Capital: 1848–1875 is a book by Eric Hobsbawm, first published in 1975. It is the second in a trilogy of books about “the long 19th century”, preceded by The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789–1848 and followed by The Age of Empire: 1875–1914