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    sabyakgp is offline Newbie
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    Default Help in understanding a sentence read in Hobsbawm's book.

    Hello Friends,

    While reading a book , On History by Eric Hobsbawm, I chanced upon the following sentence which I couldn't quite appreciate:

    "In understanding such excercises historians seek models of the historical dynamics of captialism among the economists, and encounter only the generalities of rational-choice theory, except on the fringes , or perhaps better the frontier, of their dicipline" P.P 163

    I don't quite understand the underlined part of the sentence.

    Could anyone please help me understand it?

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    Sabya

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    Default Re: Help in understanding a sentence read in Hobsbawm's book.

    "In understanding such excercises historians seek models of the historical dynamics of captialism among the economists, and encounter only the generalities of rational-choice theory, except on the fringes , or perhaps better the frontier, of their dicipline" P.P 163
    Sorry, sabyakgp.

    It appears to be in English, with a few spelling mistakes, but it's as clear as mud to me.

    Goodness knows how a student is supposed to understand it.

    Rover

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    Default Re: Help in understanding a sentence read in Hobsbawm's book.

    Rational choice theory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    I presume he means that the economists who don't talk in such general terms are the ones who are not mainstream, but mavericks or others whose views are not so widely-accepted.

    However, it's a very dense sentence that assumes an awful lot of knowledge about history and economics that I don't have.

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    Default Re: Help in understanding a sentence read in Hobsbawm's book.

    Yes, Hobsbawm always proves very difficult to interpret.

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