Eric Hobsbawm

Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm CH FRSL FBA (/ˈhɒbz.bɔːm/; 9 June 1917 – 1 October 2012) was a British historian of the rise of industrial capitalism, socialism and nationalism. A life-long Marxist, his socio-political convictions influenced the character of his work.[1] His best-known works include his trilogy about what he called the “long 19th century” (The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789–1848, The Age of Capital: 1848–1875 and The Age of Empire: 1875–1914), The Age of Extremes on the short 20th century, and an edited volume that introduced the influential idea of “invented traditions“.

Hobsbawm was born in Egypt but spent his childhood mainly in Vienna and Berlin. Following the death of his parents and the rise to power of Adolf Hitler, Hobsbawm moved to London with his adoptive family, then obtained his PhD in history at the University of Cambridge after serving in the Second World War. In 1998 he was appointed to the Order of the Companions of Honour. He was President of Birkbeck, University of London, from 2002 until he died.[2] In 2003 he received the Balzan Prize for European History since 1900 “for his brilliant analysis of the troubled history of 20th century Europe and for his ability to combine in-depth historical research with great literary talent.”

Books in order of publication:

Labour’s Turning Point: Extracts from Contemporary Sources1948
The Jazz Scene1959
Social Bandits and Primitive Rebels1960
The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789–18481962
Labouring Men: studies in the history of labour1964
Pre-Capitalist Economic Formations1965
Industry and Empire: From 1750 to the Present Day1968
Captain Swing1969
Revolutionaries: Contemporary Essays1973
The Age of Capital: 1848–18751975
Italian Road to Socialism: An Interview by Eric Hobsbawm with Giorgio Napolitano1977
The History of Marxism: Marxism in Marx’s day, Vol. 11982
The Invention of Tradition1983
Worlds of Labour: Further Studies in the History of Labour1984
The Age of Empire: 1875–19141987
Politics for a Rational Left: Political Writing, 1977–19881989
Echoes of the Marseillaise1990
Nations and Nationalism Since 1780: Programme, Myth, Reality1991
The Age of Extremes1994
Art and Power: Europe Under the Dictators exhibition catalogue1995
On History1997
1968 Magnum Throughout the World1998
Behind the Times: Decline and Fall of the Twentieth-Century Avant-Gardes1998
Uncommon People: Resistance, Rebellion and Jazz1998
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto: A Modern Edition1998
The New Century: In Conversation with Antonio Polito2000
Interesting Times: A Twentieth-Century life2002
Globalisation, Democracy and Terrorism2007
How to Change the World: Tales of Marx and Marxism2011
Fractured Times: Culture and Society in the 20th Century2013
Viva la Revolucion: Hobsbawm on Latin America2016
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