From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.Eric Hobsbawm
(born June 9
) is a British historian
, earlier the leading theoretician of the now defunct Communist Party of Great Britain
Hobsbawm was born in Alexandria and grew up in Vienna and Berlin. He moved to London in 1933 and was educated at St Marylebone Grammar School and King's College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a PhD in history and joined the Communist party in 1936.
In 1947, he became a lecturer in history at Birkbeck College , University of London. In 1970, he was appointed professor, and in 1978 he was made a Fellow of the British Academy.
In 1956, he spoke out against the Soviet invasion of Hungary and left the British Communist Party to join its Italian equivalent.
He worked with Marxism Today during the 1980s and supported Neil Kinnock's modernisation of the British Labour Party.
He has written (among other things) the following books:
- Labour's Turning Point
- Primitive Rebels
- The Age of Revolution
- Labouring Men
- Industry and Empire
- Captain Swing (with George Rude)
- The Age of Capital
- The Age of Empire
- Nations and Nationalism
- The Jazz Scene
- Age of Extremes
- Interesting Times