By Eric J. Hobsbawm
An impressive research of the top of 'the lengthy 19th century'
THE AGE OF EMPIRE is a ebook in regards to the unusual dying of the 19th century, the realm made by way of and for liberal heart periods within the identify of common growth and civilisation. it really is approximately hopes realised which become fears: an period of exceptional peace engendering an period of unheard of battle; rebel and revolution rising at the outskirts of society; a time of profound identification trouble for bourgeois periods, between new and unexpected mass labour pursuits which rejected capitalism and new heart periods which rejected liberalism. it's approximately international empires equipped and held with nearly contemptuous ease via small our bodies of Europeans that have been to final slightly a human lifetime, and a eu domination of worldwide heritage, which used to be by no means extra convinced than in the mean time it used to be approximately to vanish for ever. it's approximately Queen Victoria, Madame Curie and the Kodak lady, and the unconventional social global of material caps, golfing golf equipment and brassieres, approximately Nietzsche, Carnegie, William Morris and Dreyfus, approximately politically useless terrorists, one in every of whom, to his and everyone's shock, begun a global war.
With the AGE OF EMPIRE, Eric Hobsbawm, Britain's top historian of the left, brings to a stunning climax his superb interpretative historical past of 'the lengthy 19th century'.
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After their direct attacks failed the Quadi were waiting for thirst and exhaustion to weaken the Romans, when a sudden torrential thunderstorm not only allowed the legionaries to fill their helmets with water, but caused a flash flood that swept many warriors away. Here a weird deity made of flowing water is shown sheltering mail-clad legionaries as enemy warriors and their horses are drowned. (Petersen, Die Marcus-Saule, 1886) The agmen quadratum and testudo In 36 BC Mark Antony invaded the Parthian empire in a long-delayed mission to avenge Carrhae.
23). At the battle of Issus (AD 194) the army of Pescennius Niger was formed high up in the Cilician Gates pass. His main battle line was composed of legionaries, but behind them were ranks of javelineers, stone-throwers and archers, 'so that the front ranks, fighting at close quarters, should hold back the enemy, while the others from a distance should bring their strength into play by hurling their missiles over the heads of those in front' The opposing Severan army had a similar array, legionaries at the front and light troops following (perhaps both armies could be described as being in duplex acies), but they had to climb and endure bombardment.
Author's drawing, after Veith, 1906) 31 Battles of Philippi, 42 BC. (1) First battle: (A) camp of Antony and Octavian; (B & C) camps of Brutus and Cassius; (D) Antony's attempt to outflank Cassius, (E) Cassius' countermove. (2) Second battle: note Brutus' triplex acres. (Author's drawing, after Keppie, 1984) trumpeting loudly, it was crushing the man to death. This was more than a veteran of the Fifth Legion could endure and, fully armed as he was, he attacked the beast. When the elephant became aware of him advancing with weapon ready to strike, it abandoned the corpse of the camp follower, encircled the veteran with its trunk and lifted him off the ground.
Age Of Empire 1875-1914 by Eric J. Hobsbawm