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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Preview — Bandits by Eric Hobsbawm. Bandits by Eric Hobsbawm. 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.

Some are known only to their own countrymen; others, like Robin Hood, Rob Roy and Jesse James, 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 Asia.

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Lists with This Book. Apr 12, Kevin rated it liked it Shelves: According to Bakunin the famous Anarchist theoretician hobshawm, a Bandit is: 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 hobsbqwm dayalong with Zapata who had more of serious agrarian programme compared the military one of Pancho Villa.

Eric Hobsbawm’s ‘Bandits’

I give it 3. Apr 10, Christoforos Yobsbawm rated it liked it. Quite uneven and perhaps more 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 quite long lists of bandits’ names. Nonetheless, the book is quite original if not in style at least in the topic, which is quite obscure and it would not be an overstatement to say that this is the definite work on this subject.

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There was one striking exception Quite uneven and perhaps more scholarly than Eirc would have liked it to be. There was one striking exception to the otherwise rather flat and dry writing. 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. Nov 27, Jackson Cyril rated it it was amazing Shelves: The sharpest historical mind of the last century turns his eye on pre-Marxian revolutionaries–bandits, mafias, anarchist peasants and banfits like– fromand what emerges is a very colorful portrait of people, usually rural in origin–although Hobsbawm does spend a chapter on the urban “mob”– who are usually not talked about in broad ranging histories on unrest and revolution: Jan 01, Pete rated it it was amazing.

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Apr 29, Marino Marino rated it liked it. Aug banditts, onejusthead rated it liked it Shelves: Nov 04, Mike rated it liked it. Interesting ramble around the bandit as a phenomenon from mainly rural peasant 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 narcissitic “revolutionaries” plaguing o Interesting ramble around the bandit as a phenomenon from mainly rural peasant societies.

It is in the chapters where their bandite 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. Oct 20, Rallie rated it liked it.

The section on haiduks was, I think, the best. This book introduces the idea of the outlaw as something more than just a criminal, opening up the potential of a political and historical reading of law breaking and criminality. It is certainly dated and his banvits to women as social bandits hampers the book overall, but it is a good starting point for those interested in an academic discussion of banditry, noble robbers, guerrillas, and the like.

This was an interesting little book on the phenomenon of outlaws and bandits; honestly banrits group I’ve never thought much about — and the conditions and inequalities that lead to their rise. 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. But still, interesting and a good read. I had read about this book, and then I found it.

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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. I love all that stuff. May 20, Leonard Pierce rated it really liked it Shelves: One of the books that signaled Hobsbawm’s arrival as a major force among historians. An interesting read on populist criminals hobsgawm stands the entire traditional approach to banditry on its head. Consistente y un tanto pesado texto que descubre las historias de los muchos robin hood cercanos y lejanos.

Feb 24, Sergio Forest rated it it was amazing. First major historical survey published in that I know about on this topic, updated and revised third edition updated in is the version I read.

Great source on this somewhat obscure topic. El autor plantea caract. Lectura interesante pero algo latosa. Apr 26, Troy Kemp rated it really liked it.

A wonderful social history, from the view of bandits, outlaws, etc. Eva rated it really liked it Oct 27, Jim Rimmer rated it really bandigs it Aug 16, Mustafa Kurt rated it liked it Sep 09, Victor rated it really liked erix Mar 18, Aleks rated it really liked it Dec 30, Ceyda Becerikli rated it really liked it Aug 28, erjc Erik rated it really liked it Aug 15, Rob Duffy rated it it was amazing Apr 25, Victoria Adams rated it really liked it Jun 25, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Eric Hobsbawm, a self-confessed “unrepentant communist”, was professor emeritus of economic and social history of the University of London at Birkbeck.

hobsbawmm He wrote many acclaimed historical works, including a trilogy on the nineteenth-century: The Short 20th Century and his recent au Eric Hobsbawm, a self-confessed “unrepentant communist”, was professor emeritus of economic and social history of the University of London at Birkbeck.

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