Short Answer Key
The World in the 1780s
1. In what way does Hobsbawm say the world was smaller in 1789?
Hobsbawm says that the population was smaller.
2. In what way does Hobsbawm say the world of 1789 was bigger than today?
Hobsbawm says that much of the Earth was still unexplored.
3. How large were the circles within which people moved in the late 1700s, according to Hobsbawm?
Much smaller than today.
4. Which areas were best connected, according to Hobsbawm?
5. How does Hobsbawm describe the agrarian workers of the world?
He says they were unfree.
6. What relationship had begun to dominate between landowners and farmers in England in the late 1700s?
Landlord and tenant-farmer.
7. In what fields were cultural developments being made fastest in the late 1700s, according to Hobsbawm?
Science and commerce.
8. The merchant class was situated between what and what,...
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