Oct 2, 2012 @ 12:18:00 am
Historian Eric J. Hobsbawm died at his home in London on Monday at the age of 95. A renowned historian, Hobsbawm was the author of several volumes on what he called “the long 19th century”: The Age of Revolution: 1789-1848, The Age of Capital: 1848-1875, and The Age of Empire: 1874-1914. Hobsbawm became a dedicated Communist while in Germany during the waning days of the Weimar Republic (he was kicked out of the country for passing out party fliers after Hitler’s rise to power) and went on to do academic work in 19th-century labor movements, as well as "what he called the ‘pre-political’ resistance of bandits, millenarians, and urban rioters in early capitalist societies." He also worked briefly as a jazz critic, and was a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books.
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