Interesting ramble around the bandit as a phenomenon from mainly rural peasant societies
at the played by Expropriators Haiduks Avengers Noble Robbers and 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 our own times Because Hobsbawm is the author I m awarding 3 stars Had of the narcissitic revolutionaries plaguing our own times Because Hobsbawm is the author I m awarding 3 stars Had author been unknown 2 stars would probably be my rating Frankly I found the book mostly turgid confusing Hobsbawm has certain theories about the nature of bandits rebels righters of social wrongs in myth flesh blood but I amned if I can tell you what they. 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. The Writing Workshop during the early 20thC but Hobsbawm reallyoes 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 Llopartlooks at the
refugee from Spanish Civil War who later performed guerilla operations against Franco working across the Pyrenees who I suppose epitomised the Social Bandit that this booka refugee from
heavily eals with and theorises upon According to Bakunin the famous. Aredeals with and theorises upon According to Bakunin the famous. Are 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 As.
Summary ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¹ Eric J. HobsbawmAre Nevertheless he oes recount the careers of several the flesh blood variety this section which is sadly too careers of several of the flesh blood variety section which is sadly too is where the merit of the book lies One bandit in particular a Catalan whose career spanned the years of the Spanish Civil War as well as the post war Franco era was particularly interesting I Distant Echoes Finding Keys To Life After Abuse d read a biography of that guy This is a concise survey of the social phenomenon of banditry and why it isifferent 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 terro. Er Balkan haiduks Indian acoits or Brazilian congaceiros their spectacular exploits have 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.
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