An engaging and provocative look at culture, from one of our best-known historians.
Eric Hobsbawm was born in Alexandria in 1917 and educated in Austria, Germany and England. He was a Fellow of the British Academy and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Foreign Member of the Japan Academy, with honorary degrees from universities in several countries. He taught until retirement at Birkbeck College, University of London, and then at the New School for Social Research in New York. In addition to The Age of Revolution, The Age of Capital, The Age of Empire and The Age of Extremes, his books include Bandits, Revolutionaries, Uncommon People, his memoir Interesting Times, Globalisation, Democracy and Terrorism and How to Change the World. Eric Hobsbawm died in 2012.
Eric Hobsbawm wrote with extraordinary wit, grace and power, qualities evident in this posthumously published collection -- Richard J Evans Guardian Arguably Britain's most respected historian of any kind, one of a tiny handful of historians of any era to enjoy genuine national and world renown ... Both in his knowledge of detail and in his extraordinary powers of synthesis, he was unrivalled Guardian One of the greatest British historians of his age ... For sheer intellectual firepower and analytical skill, Hobsbawm remained unsurpassed Daily Telegraph A magisterial historian of the modern age ... Eric Hobsbawm pioneered the study of popular protest, riot and revolt, and his writings were as important to social scientists as to historians The Times