The Great Depression- which reading offers the best perspective

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The readings of E. Hobsbawm, Age of Extremes, Chapter 3 "Into the Economic Abyss", J. Stevenson and C. Cook, "The Dawn of Affluence" Reading 13 HST101 Readings and J.K Blackwelder, "Coping: Middle- and Upper-Class Women." Reading 14 HST101

Readings all offer differing perspectives on 1930s History.

In this essay I aim to compare these three readings on 1930s history, discuss which different themes are emphasised in each account and to evaluate which reading I find to be the most informative on the impact of the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Hobsbawms, "Age of Extremes" Chapter 3 "Into the Economic Abyss", is mainly concerned with the dire consequences that World War 1 imposed on most of the world, post World War 1. Throughout the chapter Hobsbawm discusses the economy situation throughout the world.. Hobsbawm tends to refer to the Great Depression as "The Great Slump", throughout the chapter, the chapter is mainly focussed on the economic crisis that the world was shrouded in, post World War 1.

"In a sentence: between the wars the capitalist world economy appeared to collapse. Nobody quite knew how it might recover"#, this analyses just how horrific the Great Depression was, and leads us to believe that there was no advance during this period. This reading also offers no details on the role of women during the "Great Slump" unlike the other two readings. This reading is particularly concerned with the statistical information relating to the impact of the Great Depression.

J. Stevenson and C. Cook, "The Dawn of Affluence" Reading 13 HST101 Readings, differs from Hobsbawm in various ways." "As well as being the years of the slump, they also saw a remarkable degree of economic and social advance, with new industries, economic growth, prosperous suburbs and a rising...