A trailblazing study of the social bandit or rebel
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. Whether Balkan haiduks, Indian dacoits or Brazilian congaceiros, their spectacular exploits have been celebrated and preserved in story and myth. Some are only know to their fellow countrymen; others such as Rob Roy, Robin Hood and Jesse James are famous throughout the world. First published in 1969, BANDITS inspired a new field of historical study: bandit history.
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Bandits, Revised EditionUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
It seems that almost every country has bandits--some famous, some not--laced into its folk history. Hobsbawm's 1969 volume delves into the history of bandits and separates the myths from the facts ... Read full review
Review: BanditsUser Review - Leonard - Goodreads
One of the books that signaled Hobsbawm's arrival as a major force among historians. An interesting read on populist criminals that stands the entire traditional approach to banditry on its head. Read full review