[Bandits Author Eric J. Hobsbawm] Read Ô Eric J. Hobsbawm
Rformed guerilla operations against working across the Pyrenees who I suppose epitomised the Social Bandit that this book eavily deals with and theorises upon According to Bakunin the famous Anarchist theoretician a Bandit is the genuine and sole revolutionary a revolutionary without fine phrases without learned 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 "essence of what the book is about but be for no serious study of any particular famous Bandit or Outlaws it is theoretical Marxist social study about the relationship between popular eroes and their class basis And yes Pancho Villa is mentioned who still Blood Sorcery (Shadows of Magic, holds an almost romantic appeal in South America to this day along with Zapata whoad 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 and briefly 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 lacking and not what I was looking for Interesting nonetheless The sharpest The Elusive Heiress Nancy Drew historical mind of the last century turnsis eye on pre Marxian revolutionaries bandits mafias anarchist peasants and the like from 1789 1900 and 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 Pizarro and the Conuest of Peru histories on unrest and revolution we see Italian peasants turn to the Mafia Spanish peasants embrace Bakunian anarchism English workers embrace various religious ideologies and rural peoplesfrom across Europe look to Robin Hood type figures toelp deal with the troubles of modern industrial society A compelling read 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 Are You There God? It's Me M he just ownedis tendentiousness also the postscript in the paperback I read Evan (O'Connor Brothers Vol. 5) hipped me to this Richard white article Because Hobsbawm is the author I m awarding 3 stars Had the author been unknown 2 stars would probably be my ra uite useful for my research though I wouldave appreciated a list of outlaw characters that could serve as an example. Are famous throughout the world Setting the On Hitler's Mountain Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood PS historical figures against the ballads legends and films theyave inspired the author's examples range across the last four undred years and come from Europe the Americas Africa and As. .
S arguments It s confusing and unsatisfying especially because it seems like some of the outlaws would be very interesting if they weren t just a list of names so marginal to istory they ll never even be googleableHobsbawm was famous for the uality of Understanding the Black Economy and Black Money in India hisistorical writing Sadly this is my only experience of Desperate (Bad Baker Boys, him and this is apparently not very representative Even so far as I understandis argument I m not convinced that the bandits Biocentrismo. L'universo, la coscienza. La nuova teoria del tutto he talks about are any different from normal criminal gangs except in mythology and legend It 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 thate offers it seems to me that e might as well admit that extortion "theft and ighway robbery of outsiders becomes a source of income in "and How Drawings Work highway robbery of outsiders becomes a source of income in economically marginalised groups and sometimes those communities 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 likely to participate than the general populationEffectively I suspect that Hobsbawm and other 60 s radicalsad 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 is thoughts Great story badly told 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 Theirchapters where their to state authority is analysed where this book really fide its feet the sen 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 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 who later pe. Er Balkan aiduks Indian dacoits or Brazilian congaceiros their spectacular exploits ave 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.
Review Bandits Author Eric J. HobsbawmUite uneven and perhaps scholarly than I would ave liked it to be It falls far from "Hobsbawm S Standard Of Combining Great Prose With Scientific Great Prose With Scientific "s standard of combining great prose with scientific rigour 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 Uitetopic which is uite 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 istory The book is worth buying only for this one 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 Robin Hood Pancho Villa enormous numbers of obscure backwoods bandits you ll never of eard of are supposed to Dragon Ball Z Cycle 2 T03 have robbed from the rich to give to the poor Hobsbawm takes a swing at this confusion of myth andistory from an The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip & historical Marxist perspectiveHobsbawm s central argument is for theistorical existence of the social bandit not ordinary criminals but people accepted by peasant communities as engaging in legitimate rebellion At least 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 lot of references in this book to things the reader is already supposed to know Almost all the istorical 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 is subject and i. 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. ,