In this week’s reading for Global societies Hobsbawn begins to explore the transformation of the world, specifically in science, education and revolutions. Science was becoming a topic that did not knows it full ends yet, and knowledge was free flowing in global world. The world was shirking but this meant that information could travel faster and more frequent. Science and academic knowledge began to grow rapid. It was the times that no one person could know most of the knowledge in the world. Finally specialized ideas and functions attributed to a person’s knowledge. Still however, this was still the traditional ways of the areas of the non-western world. Revolutions in the world also something that was becoming mainstream. The peripheries now wanted their own independence. This was becoming true throughout the world as the core countries were so stable. However, all of the strong empires were falling apart. Countries were now solidifying their borders for the next hundred years during this time period.
Questioned throughout the reading was why do we revolt, this was also a class discussion that I had missed. I think people revolt for many reasons, but one relative term that is synonymous with all revolution is that some or group is being oppressed. Someone or something is being put down; this is why someone would revolt. Think of even the “music revolution” during that time people thought music was dull and boring, feeling oppressed.
Finally something I thought the author needs to go more in-depth with is how were the people inside those that were wanting revolutions, were they wanting their freedom because why? Some countries the freedom they wanted actually made their country bad.. thoughts, GO STEELERS.