Eric Hobsbawm (1917-2012)

The Guardian obit is here. I’ll reread some pages from The Age of Extremes in his honor today. Via Spartacus Educational, here is a short bio of the great historian: Eric Hobsbawm, the son of a Jewish tradesman, was born in Alexandria, Egypt, on 9th June, 1917. After the First World War ended his parents moved to Austria. By the time he was thirteen, both his parents had died. He went to live with his aunt … Read more Eric Hobsbawm (1917-2012)

Eric Hobsbawm, Vindicated

Excellent interview with the last of our great Marxist historians — Eric Hobsbawm — in the Guardian a couple days ago. Below the opening shots — you can read the whole thing here. Tristram Hunt: At the heart of this book, is there a sense of vindication? That even if the solutions once offered by Karl Marx might no longer be relevant, he was asking the right questions about … Read more Eric Hobsbawm, Vindicated