I set out on August 30 with the announcement of the three books – on “changing the world” – which I wished to appreciate: How to change the world: Tales of Marx and Marxism by Eric Hobsbawn; Africa must be modern: The contemporary imperative in Africa (A Manifesto) by Olufemi Taiwo; and The world we see to wish: Revolutionary objectives in the 21st Century, by Samir Amin. The first of these books was appreciated in a six-part essay titled: “Endless debate on changing the world”. Eric Hobsbawn, the inspirer of that essay, died on October 1, 2012, at the age of 95, three days before the final part appeared. The second book was appreciated in a four-part essay with the caption: Notes on the “modernity perspective”.
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