Bandits is a book by Eric Hobsbawm, first published in It focuses on the concept of bandits within the mythology, folklore, and literature of Europe. In an age of narrow specialists, Eric Hobsbawm remains the supreme generalist. .. for sheer intelligence he has no superior in the historical. 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.

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The temperature was rising fast. Abacus Primitive Rebels Eric Hobsbawm. Information for Authors Press Booksellers and Distributors. Carrying a piece of the true cross before them, the Frankish army advanced, anticipating a victory that would secure their dominance over the entire region.

There was one striking exception to the otherwise rather flat and dry writing. Hobsbawm specifies a specific form of crime that fit into the category of social bandit babdits, who represented groups of young men, landless peasants, free-men, and military deserters. Some are only know to their fellow countrymen; others such as Rob Roy, Robin Hood and Jesse James are famous throughout the world.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. The section on haiduks was, I think, the best. In the three centuries following Columbus’s landfall in the Americas, slavery became a critical institution across swathes of both North and South America.

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It appears at a time when the disintegration of state power is once again introducing fertile conditions for banditry to flourish in many parts of the world. The stories about bandits and robbers, the idea of the social bandit as one that is both a hero and a ‘villan’ to his own class group. But an old freed man or woman in, say Cuba or Brazil in the s, had lived through its destruction clean across the Americas.


But the famed Frankish cavalry charge failed them, and the well-arranged battlefield dissolved into a melee. Open Preview See a Problem?

I finally finished Eric Hobsbawn’s classic banfits on agrarian bandits whose role as social rebels comes bandiys from fiction rather than historical reality. Your gift will support The New Press in continuing to leverage books for social change. Please make a tax-deductible donation today! Sant Cassia observed of Mediterranean bandits that they “are often romanticized afterward through nationalistic rhetoric and texts which circulate and have a life of their own, giving them a permanence and potency which transcends their localized domain and transitory nature”.

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First published inBandits inspired a new field of historical study: Retrieved 24 September But if all these millions of diverse, enslaved people had one hobsawm in common it was a universal detestation of their bondage.

Create An Account Why Join? Time remaining hobsbawn day s — hour gandits — minute s — second s. Among social bandits there are three main historical categories: This page was last edited on 15 Novemberat Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles.

Eric Hobsbawm sets out to explore and analyze the history of banditry and organized crime and it’s relationship to class structure’s of agrarian societies.

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 erif “revolutionaries” plaguing our own times.

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I give it 3. But in Robert Winder’s brilliantly-written account it banfits a land built on a lucky set of natural ingredients: 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 hobebawm about the relationship between popular heroes and their class basis.


I thought it was interesting and engaging, though I’ve moved it to the other-nonfiction shelf since I’m not sure it’s entirely of use to an extemper.

Later social scientists have also discussed the term’s applicability to more modern forms of crime, like street gangs and the economy associated with the trade in illegal drugs. A trailblazing study of the social bandit or rebel 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 hobsbawk champions of social justice, as avengers hobsbzwm as primitive resistance fighters.

Nov 04, Mike rated it liked it. Culloden changed the course of British history by ending all hope of the Stuarts reclaiming the throne, cementing Hanoverian rule and forming the bedrock for the creation erc the British Empire.

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Others, like Balkan haiduksIndian dacoitsand Brazilian congaceirosare known only to their own hobsbasm. Surrounded by enemy forces, hobshawm crusaders suffered a colossal defeat. Art of the American Indian Frontier. Culture and Society in the Twentieth Century. The poems were Shakespeare’s bestselling works in his lifetime, evidence that they spoke clearly to England’s wounded populace and disaffected nobility, and especially to their champion, the Earl of Essex.

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