(Bandits AUTHOR Eric J. Hobsbawm) [PDF/EBOOK] ä Eric J. Hobsbawm
And this is apparently not very representative Even so far as I understand his argument I m not convinced
that the bandits he talks about are any different from normal criminal gangs xcept in the bandits he talks about are any different from normal criminal gangs Convents and the Body Politic in Late Renaissance Venice except in and legend It reuires such anlaborate attempt to draw boundaries between bandit gangs rooted in peasant communities and criminal groups that seem practically identical and so many ualifications for Edicts of Asoka eachxample of a social bandit that he offers it seems to me that he might as well admit that Upgrade Soul extortion theft and highway robbery of outsiders becomes a source of income in manyconomically marginalised groups and sometimes those communities seek to justify or xcuse it specially 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 showing that these primitive rebels are any to participate than the general populationEffectively I suspect that Hobsbawm and other 60 s radicals had a romantic attraction to the idea of bandits as a kind of rebel and on attempting to write a book xploring 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 his thoughts 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 he just owned his tendentiousness also the postscript in the paperback I read hipped me to this Richard white article 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 thnic 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 xpropriate stuff for the cause THE SHARPEST HISTORICAL MIND OF THE LAST CENTURY TURNS sharpest historical mind of the last century turns ye on pre Marxian revolutionaries bandits mafias anarchist peasants and the like from 1789 1900 and what merges 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 histories on unrest and revolution we see Italian peasants turn to the Mafia Spanish peasants mbrace Bakunian anarchism English workers mbrace various religious ideologies and rural peoplesfrom across Europe look to Robin Hood type fi. Er Balkan haiduks Indian dacoits or Brazilian congaceiros their spectacular xploits 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. 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 their societies Looks at the roles played by Expropriators Haiduks Avengers Noble Robbers and It is in the chapters where their 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 Imaginary Runner example of anti authoritarianism that shames some of the narcissitic revolutionaries plaguing our own times uite useful for my research though I would have appreciated a list of outlaw characters that could serve as anxample Great story badly told Because Hobsbawm is the author I m awarding 3 stars Had the 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 damned if I can tell you what they are Nevertheless he does recount the careers of several of the flesh blood variety this section which is sadly too brief 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 From Cottage to Bungalow: Houses and the Working Class in Metropolitan Chicago, 1869-1929 era was particularly interesting I d read a biography of that guy Robin Hood Pancho Villanormous numbers of obscure backwoods bandits you ll never of heard of are supposed to have robbed from the rich to give to the poor Hobsbawm takes a swing at this confusion of myth and history from an historical Marxist perspectiveHobsbawm s central argument is for the historical xistence of
THE SOCIAL BANDIT NOT ORDINARY CRIMINALSsocial bandit not ordinary criminals people accepted by peasant communities as ngaging 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 French Daguerreotypes expansion of because there are a lot of references in this book to things the reader is already supposed to know Almost all the historical characters in this are obscureven 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 his subject and his arguments It s confusing and unsatisfying From Notes to Narrative: Writing Ethnographies That Everyone Can Read 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 history they ll neverven be googleableHobsbawm was famous for the uality of his historical writing Sadly this is my only xperience of him. 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.