- Jun 2, 2019
- Reaction score
Hobsbawm is I accept generally very well regarded but is he not the one who suggested that the millions killed under Stalin would have been justified had communism survived and actually worked long term in Russia?Thanks. I have a PhD in history, specialising in the twentieth century, so am familiar with modern history.
In all seriousness, I'd take Ayn Rand with 25kg of salt: Atlas Shrugged is a dreadful novel, and Rand was also an ideologue whose writings paved the way for the political, economic, and social problems we are dealing with today.
If you want a good overview of twentieth century global history, I'd recommend something like Eric Hobsbawm's Age of Extremes. Mark Mazower's Dark Continent and Tony Judt's Post-war are also good, but deal with Europe only. All are very accessible, enjoyable reads.