Eric Hobsbawm

… Eric Hobsbawm a lifelong socialist and one of Britains most eminent historians has died at the age of 95 his daughter said Monday. Julia Hobsbawm said her father died overnight at a London hospital. He had been suffering from pneumonia. He had been quietly fighting leukemia for a number of years without fuss or fanfare, Julia Hobsbawm said. Right up until the end he was keeping up what he did best, he was keeping up with current affairs, there was a stack of newspapers by his bed. Hobsbawm was one of Britains most distinguished historians, his works on the 20th century read by generations of students, despite an allegiance to the Communist Party that he retained long after many supporters left in shame and disgust.
Hobsbawms reading of Karl Marx and his experience living in Germany in the 1930s formed his views. He joined the Communist Party in England in 1936 and stayed a member long after Soviet military force crushed the Hungarian uprising in 1956 and the liberal reforms of the Prague Spring in 1968, although he publicly opposed both interventions.Hobsbawm is best known for three volumes, spanning the period from 1789 to 1914: The Age of Revolution 1962 The Age of Capital 1975 and The Age of Empire 1987. A later volume, Age of Extremes, took the story forward from 1914 to 1991.His last book, How to Change the World,published in 2011, was not a revolutionary tract but a collection of essays dating back to the 1960s on Marx and Marxism.

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Eric Hobsbawm (9 June 1917 – 1 October 2012) … was a British Marxist historian of the rise of industrial capitalism, socialism, and nationalism. His best-known works include his trilogy about the long 19th century (The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789–1848, The Age of Capital: 1848–1875; The Age of Empire: 1875–1914) … //
… and an edited volume which introduced the influential idea of invented traditions … is a concept made prominent in a 1983 book edited by E. J. Hobsbawm and T. O. Ranger, The Invention of Tradition.[1] In their Introduction the editors argue that many “traditions” which “appear or claim to be old are often quite recent in origin and sometimes invented.”[2] They distinguish the “invention” of traditions in this sense from “starting” or “initiating” a tradition which does not then claim to be old. The phenomenon is particularly clear in the modern development of the nation and of nationalism[3] …;
The Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century, 1914–1991 is a book by Eric Hobsbawm, published in 1994. In it, Hobsbawm comments on what he sees as the disastrous failures of state communism, capitalism, and nationalism; he offers an equally skeptical take on the progress of the arts and changes in society in the latter half of the twentieth century …; External Links.

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