Online shopping from a great selection at Books Store. Dividing the century into the Age of Catastrophe, –, the Golden Age, –, and the Landslide, –, Hobsbawm marshals a vast array of . Eric Hobsbawm was a rare bird himself: “the last living Communist”, as he was teased at his 90th birthday party, and one of the last committed.

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Learning to speak English properly, Eric became a pupil at Marylebone grammar school and in he won a scholarship to King’s College, Cambridge. He possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of Marxist thought, specifically Italian communism and pre-Soviet socialist movements. Retrieved 1 October Joshua Bennathan, Julia and Andy Hobsbawm. The gangly teenage boy who settled with his sister in Edgware in described himself later as “completely continental and German speaking”.

He’d been quietly fighting leukemia for a number of years without fuss or fanfare. Had Eric Hobsbawm died 25 years ago, the obituaries would have described him as Britain’s most distinguished Marxist historian and would have left it more or less there.

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Though he strongly disapproved of much of what later took shape as “New Labour”, which he saw, among other things, as historically cowardly, he was without question the single most influential intellectual forerunner of Labour’s increasingly iconoclastic s revisionism. Following a false prophet”. We accepted the absolute obligation to follow ‘the lines’ it proposed to us, even when we disagreed with it.

In his later years, Hobsbawm enjoyed widespread reputation and respect. Retrieved 4 October This, too, was a formative experience for the often aloof young intellectual prodigy. You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, hoobsbaum your contribution by keeping a few points in mind.


Whatever it had ordered, we would have obeyed In he got his first tenured job, as a history lecturer at Birkbeck College, London, where he was to remain for much of his teaching life.

Another uncle, Sidney, went to Egypt before the first world war and found a job there in a shipping office for Leopold. They had two children, Andrew and Julia.

Eric Hobsbawm obituary

Presented as archival content. Any text you add should be original, not hbosbaum from other sources. David Evanier, in an article published in the American neoconservative magazine The Weekly Standardcalled Hobsbawm “Stalin’s cheerleader”, writing: Retrieved 6 March He was a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge, from to In a interview on BBC British television with Canadian author and politician Michael Ignatieff whose grandfather and great-grandfather were ministers of the Czar prior to the Bolshevik Revolutionhe shocked viewers when he said that the deaths of millions of Soviet citizens under Stalin would have been worth it if a genuine Communist society had been the result.

He claimed that the demise of the USSR was “traumatic not only for communists but for socialists everywhere”, [32]. Following the death of his parents and the rise to power of Adolf HitlerHobsbawm moved to London with his adoptive family, then obtained his PhD in history at the University of Cambridge before serving in the Second World War.

Please note that our editors may make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any clarifications are needed. His early childhood was spent hobsbau ViennaAustria and Berlin, Germany.

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With the onset hobdbaum the cold war, a very British academic McCarthyism meant that the Cambridge lectureship which Hobsbawm always coveted never materialised. Studies in Archaic Forms of Social Movement in the hobsnaum and 20th centuries. Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of While attacking Hobsbawm for his communist sympathies and his purported views about Israel, Walther wrote that “There is no denying his [Hobsbawm’s] intelligence and erudition” and concluded that “if Hobsbawm is read 50 or years from now, it will probably be despite rather than because of his politics.

He shuttled between Cambridge and London, one of the principal organisers and driving forces of the Communist Party Historians Group, hobwbaum glittering radical academy which brought together some of the most prominent historians of the postwar era. It is impossible to understand the reluctance of men and women on the left to criticise, or even often to admit to themselves, what was happening in the USSR in those years, or the isolation of the USSR’s critics on the left, without this hbsbaum that in the fight against fascism, communism and liberalism were, in a profound sense, fighting for the same cause.

As Orwell himself documented, a great deal of evidence was reliably knowable even beforebut Hobsbawm pleads that much of it was not reliably knowable until Khrushchev’s denunciation of Stalin in Its demands had absolute priority.