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Between 1789 and 1848 the world was transformed by both the French Revolution and by the Industrial Revolution that originated in Britain. In The Age of Revolution, the first of his four volume world history, Hobsbawm traces with characteristic analytical clarity the changes brought about in every sphere of European life by this 'Dual Revolution'--in the conduct of war and diplomacy; in the new industrial areas and on the land; among peasantry, bourgeoisie, and aristocracy; in methods of government and of revolution; in science, philosophy, and religion; and in literature and the arts. Above all, Hobsbawm views this as the period when industrial capitalism established itself in Western Europe and when Europe established the domination over the rest of the world it was to hold for a century.
"A brilliant account of Europe in its revolutionary age."--A.J.P. Taylor, New Statesman
"One of the great achievements of historical writing in recent decades."--New York Review of Books
The other volumes in the series, The Age of Capital, The Age of Empire, and The Age of Extremes are all available from Vintage Books.