Christopher Hill

Charles Brown BrownBingb at
Wed Mar 5 08:38:34 MST 2003

From: Ed George <edgeorge at>
Subject: Re: Christopher Hill


If you read, for example, the chapter on the French
Revolution in Hobsbawm's Age of Revolution, and compare it with Hill's
interpretation of the seventeenth-century English revolution to be found
in, for example, The English Revolution 1640 or The Century of
Revolution 1603-1714, you will see that the two accounts are largely
identical: painting a picture of a rising revolutionary bourgeoisie
overthrowing an historically superannuated feudal class structure. Yet
as I have pointed out more than once on this list, this interpretation
has been thoroughly discredited  as much empirically as theoretically by
subsequent work.

CB: What interpretation of the origin of capitalism is now credited ?

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