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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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Internet URLs are the best. The s aside, Hobsbawm was criticised for never relinquishing his Communist Party membership.

From he also wrote on jazzincluding a column —65 under the pseudonym Francis Newton for the magazine New Statesman and several books. There, inLeopold Hobsbawm met Nelly Gruen, eeik young Viennese from a middle-class family who had been given a trip to Egypt as a prize for completing her school studies.

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This, too, was a formative experience for the often aloof young intellectual prodigy. The four volumes embodied all of Hobsbawm’s best qualities — the sweep combined with the telling anecdote and statistical grasp, the attention to the nuance and significance of events and words, and above all, perhaps, the unrivalled powers of synthesis nowhere better displayed than in a classic summary of midth century capitalism on the very first page of the second volume.

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 By this time, though, Hobsbawm had already published the first of the works on which both his popular and academic reputations still rest.


Archived from the original on 13 January Hobsbawm’s admirers are right about his erudition: Wikiquote has quotations related to: Eric Hobsbawm and the rhetoric of “realistic Marxism ” “. For the same reason he’s not that good on fascism “.

After his formal retirement inhe taught at several universities in the U. Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of Inthe young family settled in Vienna, where Eric went to elementary school, a period he later recalled in a television documentary which featured pictures of a hobsbajm skinny young Viennese Hobsbawm in shorts and knee socks.

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His son, John Spencer Curwen —succeeded him as director of the publishing firm and founded in England the competition festival movement for amateur musicians. Retrieved 5 June Retrieved 26 January Yet, as with his contemporary, Christopher Hill, who left the CP at this time, the political trauma of and the start of a lastingly happy second marriage combined in some way to trigger a sustained and fruitful period of historical writing that was to establish fame and reputation.

The age of Hobsbawm”. Archived from the original on 5 March He’d been quietly fighting leukemia for a number of years without fuss or fanfare. In the s, Hobsbawm’s widening fame as errik historian was accompanied by a growing reputation as a writer about his own times. Retrieved from ” https: Retrieved 24 May There was a problem with your submission. His early childhood was spent in ViennaAustria hobshaum Berlin, Germany.

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He also edited the university weekly, Granta. Whatever it had ordered, we would have obeyed Shepherd Learn More in these related Britannica articles: Still, whatever assumptions are erlk, the number of direct and indirect victims must be measured in eight rather than seven digits.


When Khrushchev himself ordered the tanks into BudapestHungary, Hobsbawm finally spoke up, publishing a letter of protest. Hobsbawm was born in Alexandria, a good place for a historian of empire, ina good year for a communist.

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I find it tragic, rather than disgraceful. The gangly teenage boy who settled with his sister in Edgware in described himself later as “completely continental and German speaking”. A cousin in Balham introduced him to jazz for the first time — the “unanswerable sound”, he called it.

In its citation, Downing Street said Hobsbawm continued to bobsbaum works that “address problems in history and politics that have re-emerged to disturb the complacency of Europe”. Its demands had absolute priority.

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 sense that in the fight against fascism, communism and liberalism were, in a profound sense, fighting for the same cause.