Social agitation is as essential a part of public life today as it has
ever been. In Eric Hobsbawm's masterful study, Primitive Rebels, he
shines a light on the origins of contemporary rebellion: Robin Hood,
secret societies, revolutionary peasants, Mafiosi, Spanish Civil War
anarchy, pre-industrial mobs and riots - all of which have fed in to our
notions of dissent in the modern world. Coining now familiar terms
such as 'social banditry', Primitive Rebels shows how Hobsbawm was
decades ahead of his time, and his insightful analysis of the history of
social movements is critical to our understanding of movements such as
UK Uncut, Black Lives Matter and the growing international resistance to
Donald Trump's presidency.
Reissued with a new introduction by Owen Jones, Primitive Rebels is the perfect guide to the revolutions that shaped western civilisation, and the bandits, reformers and anarchists who have fought to change the world.
Primitive Rebels - Eric Hobsbawm
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