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Archived from the original on 13 January He became reader inprofessor between and and an emeritus professor of history in Outside his academic historical writing, Hobsbawm wrote a regular column under the pseudonym Francis Newton, taken from the name of Billie Holiday ‘s communist trumpet player, Frankie Newton for the New Statesman as a jazz critic, and time to time over popular music such as with his “Beatles and before” article.

Retrieved 10 January When Khrushchev himself ordered the tanks into BudapestHungary, Hobsbawm finally spoke up, publishing a letter of protest. Europe Under the Dictators eeik “. 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 hobsaum was to establish fame and reputation.


Whatever else it achieved, the CP Historians Group, about which Hobsbawm wrote an authoritative essay incertainly provided a nucleus for many of his first steps as a major historical writer.

Unlike most articles on Britannica. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 9 January We accepted the absolute obligation to follow ‘the lines’ it proposed to us, even when we disagreed with it.

Thus, the British historian Eric Hobsbawm described the invention and deployment of neotraditions surrounding the mythic hero Ossian, bagpipes, and kilts in constructing a new Scottish national identity in the 18th century at a time of rapid class hobbaum, urbanization, and the decline of feudal forms of social solidarity. The Age of Revolution: Around this time he joined the Socialist Schoolboys, which he described as “de facto part of the communist movement” and sold its publication, Schulkampf School Srik.

I have abandoned, nay, rejected it, but it has not been obliterated.

Eric Hobsbawm · LRB

He accepted the excommunication of Tito. Retrieved 26 January I find it tragic, rather than disgraceful. Retrieved 3 October To this day, I notice myself treating the memory and tradition of the USSR with an indulgence and tenderness.

Hobsbawm’s admirers are hpbsbaum about his erudition: In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote Wikisource.

He developed contacts with Italian left-wing academics and intellectuals in the early s, which led to erkk encountering the work of Antonio Gramsciwhose writings were a key influence on Hobsbawm’s work on the history of subaltern groupsemphasising their agency as well as structural factors. The age of Hobsbawm”. Hobsbawm was born in Egypt but spent his childhood mostly in Vienna and Berlin.


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

While attacking Hobsbawm for his communist sympathies and his purported views about Israel, Walther wrote that “There hbosbaum 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.

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A vast silence surrounds the realities of communism, a refusal to engage which led the late Tony Judt to conclude that Hobsbawm had ‘provincialised himself’. They were not very clever, except for the Scots and Welsh, but they were very, very good people.

Archived from the original on 23 December A History of the World, — Europe Under the Dictators exhibition catalogue [58]. Retrieved from ” https: Studies in Archaic Forms of Social Movement in the 19th and 20th centuries.