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by Eric Hobsbawm

The classic sociology survey.

Little attention has been paid to modern movements of social protest which fall outside the classic patterns of labor or socialist agitation, and even less to those whose political coloring is not modernist or progressive but conservative, or reactionary or, at any rate, rather inarticulate.
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ISBN: 0393003280
ISBN13: 978-0393003284
Category: Politics
Subcategory: Archaeology
Author: Eric Hobsbawm
Language: English
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (October 17, 1965)
Pages: 202 pages
ePUB size: 1748 kb
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Rating: 4.7
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Excellent, if brief, overview of several pre-modern resistance groups. This work looks at several groups who went against the established order; what they share in common is a lack of program - insuring that they will either die out or become co-opted into other movements (or the establishment). It is interesting to compare these groups to some more modern intellectual currents, such as postmodernism and the Merry Pranksters.
Do not hesitate on buying it. My mother tounge is spanish and understanding Hobsbawm writing can be a challenge at times, but I do recommend reading the original english book. Hobsbawm goes into making a list of those he considers are Primitive Rebels and explaining whats behind those included in the list.
Nice and good!
I am sure it is a fine book. Bought if for a college course. Ended up not using it.
The recently deceased British historian E.J. Hobsbawn, notwithstanding his unrepentant Stalinism to the end, wrote many interesting historical studies in his very long career. The book under review, Primitive Rebels, was an early effort to trace the sociological roots of rebellion in the period of the rise of capitalism. We all know that the development of the capitalist mode of production as it started in Europe was both a long and uneven process. The way various sections of the poor in European society, mainly rural and small town workers, responded and adjusted to its demands is the core of this study. Not all resistance movements of the time led naturally to the three great political movements that defined the plebian respond to early capitalism-socialism, communism and anarchism- but those are the ones that drew masses of people around their programs and this is the focus of this work.

Professor Hobsbawn divided his study into two basic parts. The agrarian response, particularly in heavily agrarian Southern Europe, and the urban response, particularly in the small towns of Northern Europe, where capitalist development gained a huge foothold. Although there are some similarities in the response of both components local conditions such as tradition, geography and custom played a key role in whether the response became an organized one or faded in the onslaught. To that end he touches upon the history of social banditry and millennialism in the agrarian milieu and the strong pull of anarchism especially in Spain on the other. His case study on peasant anarchism in the period of the Spanish Civil War is worth the attention of Marxists in order to buttress the case for why anarchism's political response (or, better, non-political response) was totally inadequate in the face of the necessity of taking state power in order to defeat Franco.

The strongest part of the book is in his study of the urban plebians, their rituals and their revolutionary organizations. Here the theories and practice of the great 19th century revolutionary Louis Blanqui and his followers draws Hobsbawn's interest. Even stronger is his study of the relationship between religion, mainly of the non-conforming sort, and the development of the organized labor movement in Britain. This work goes a long way to explaining why the British labor movement was stalled, and still is stalled, in its tracks. In the end, however, the great lesson to be drawn from this work concerns today. I would ask where are the pockets of resistance to late capitalism comparable to those that emerged under early capitalism and how will those rebels response to the effects of `globalization' of the capitalist mode of production. We await our chronicler of that subject.
It provides a new perspective toward the understanding of dissent that is contrapuntal to mainstream discourse that until then either demonized or pathologised dissent.
Its width and scope such as comes only from historical analysis infuses new ideas into the analysis of dissent always a quest for freedom.
It draws away the analysis from revolutions that above all else is celebratory of ideology to forms of dissent that are as much as liberating, if not manifesting a deeper consciousness of the dissent-freedom nexus that underlies all revolutions.
I was required to read this as part of a non-western intensive writing course in college and it was the hardest book to get through. I am a Biology major so this is out of my realm of comfort and maybe that is why I did not enjoy it as much as the other reviewers. I found an arrogance in the style of Hobsbawm's writing which really bothered me. Overall, my favorite part of this book was the part where I put it down.