In George Bush and his Marxist Handlers, an article in The Spectator [ page 42 et seq on 5 November 2005 - a significant date for Parliament and Guy Fawkes ] John Laughland tells us that Eric Hobsbawm is a veteran Marxist historian. The Grauniad tells us en passant that he is a Jew and a fan of Gramsci the Italian communist subversive whose techniques for destroying civilization are being used worldwide by academics. politicians etc. To be fair about the man he does not seem to be a big fan of mass murder and claims that he remained a communist in order to influence it from within. The Wikipedia's entry is rather selective in what it chooses to tell us. That is the Wikipedia way. Eric Hobsbawm: lying to the credulous by David Pryce-Jones in
From The New Criterion Vol. 21, No. 5, January 2003 goes over the same ground but is far less sympathetic. Being casual about mass murder is easy for communist subversives who are nowhere near the scene of the action. Albeit he advocated nuking Israel, a point in his favour.
His relevance is that he is an unrepentant Jewish subversive at the heart of an English university spreading his poison among young men who are likely to become influential later on. That is why he is there and of course he is doing it largely unrecognized by the peasant masses. Keeping the peasants ignorant is the first rule of subversion.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
One of Hobsbawm's interests is the invention of traditions, national and otherwise. He has spent considerable effort in exposing the artificiality of many "traditions" that nation states use to justify their own existence and importance.
Hobsbawm was born in 1917 as child of Leopold Percy Hobsbawm and Nelly Grün in Alexandria and grew up in Vienna and Berlin. Although they lived in German-speaking countries, his parents continued to speak to him and his two-year younger sister Nancy in English.
His father died in 1929, and he started working as male au pair and English tutor.
He became orphan when his mother died at age 14, and he and Nancy were adopted by his maternal aunt Gretl and paternal uncle Sidney, who married and had a son, also named Eric. They moved to London in 1933.
Hobsbawm married twice, first to Muriel Seaman in 1943 (divorced in 1951) and the second time to Marlene Schwarz. He has an illegitimate son, Joshua, and two children with Marlene: Julia Hobsbawm and Andy Hobsbawm.
He was educated at Prinz Heinrich Gymnasium, St Marylebone Grammar School and King's College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a Ph.D. in history on the Fabian Society. During World War II, he served in the Royal Engineers and the Royal Army Educational Corps. In 1947, he became a lecturer in history at Birkbeck College, University of London. He was a visiting professor at Stanford in the 1960s. In 1970, he was appointed professor, and in 1978 he was made a Fellow of the British Academy.
He retired in 1982, but stayed as visiting professor some months a year at the New School for Social Research in Manhattan until 1997. He speaks German, French, Spanish and Italian, and reads Dutch, Portuguese and Catalan.
Hobsbawm has written extensively on a broad and diverse selection of subjects during the course of his career as one of Britain's most cosmopolitan and internationally renowned historians. As a Marxist historiographer he has focused on in-depth analysis of the 'dual revolution' (the political French revolution and the industrial British revolution) and how their combined effect lies behind the predominant trend towards liberal capitalism today. Another re-occurring theme in his work has been banditry, a phenomenon that Hobsbawm has tried to place within the confines of relevant societal and historical context, and thus countering the traditional view of it being a spontaneous and unpredictable form of primitive rebellion. Outside of academic historical writing, Hobsbawm has written (under the pseudonym Francis Newton--taken from the name of Billie Holiday's Communist trumpet player) for the New Statesman as a jazz critic and has numerous essays published in various intellectual journals, dealing with anything from barbarity in the modern age to the troubles of labour movements and the conflict between anarchism and communism.
His most recent publication was the autobiography, Interesting Times.
Hobsbawm has attracted criticism for his seemingly unrepentant continued support for Communism. In a now notorious interview with British cultural critic Michael Ignatieff on British television, he responded to the question of whether 20 million deaths would have been justified if the proposed Communist utopia had been created as a consequence by saying "yes".
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, 1848-1875
- The Age of Empire
- Nations and Nationalism since 1780
- The Jazz Scene
- Age of Extremes
- On History
- Uncommon People
- Interesting Times (autobiography)
- On the Edge of the New Century
He has edited the following:
- The Invention of Tradition (With Terrence Ranger)
- Campbell, J. "Towards the Great Decision: Review of the The Age of Empire" page 153 from Times Literary Supplement, Volume 4428, February 12, 1988.
- Cronin, J. "Creating a Marxist Historiography: the Contribution of Hobsbawm" pages 87-109 from Radical History Review, Volume 19, 1979.
- Genovese, Eugene "The Squandered Century: Review of The Age of Extremes" pages 38-43 from The New Republic, Volume 212, April 17, 1995.
- Hampson, N. "All for the Better? Review of Echoes of the Marseillaise" page 637 from Times Literary Supplement, Volume 4550, June 15, 1990.
- Judt, Tony "Downhill All the Way: Review of The Age of Extremes" pages 20-25 from New York Review of Books, May 25, 1995, Volume 49, Issue # 9.
- Landes, David "The Ubiquitous Bourgeoisie: Review of The Age of Capital" pages 662-664 from Times Literary Supplement, Volume 3873, June 4, 1976.
- McKibblin, R. "Capitalism out of Control: Review of The Age of Extremes" pages 406 from Times Literary Supplement, Volume 4778, October 28, 1994.
- Mingay, G.E. "Review of Captain Swing" page 810 from English Historical Review, Volume 85 (337), 1970.
- Samuel, R. and Stedman Jones, Garth (editors) Culture, Ideology and Politics: Essays for Eric Hobsbawm, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1982.
- Seton-Watson, H. "Manufactured Mythologies: Review of The Invention of Tradition" page 1270 from Times Literary Supplement, Volume 4207, November 18, 1983.
- Smith, P. "No Vulgar Marxist: Review of On History" page 31 from Times Literary Supplement, Volume 4917, June 27, 1997.
- Thane, P.; Crossick, G. & Floud, R. (editors) The Power of the Past: Essays for Eric Hobsbawm, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984.
- Thane, P. & Lunbeck, E. "Interview with Eric Hobsbawm" pages 29-46 from Visions of History, edited by H. Abelove; B. Blackmar; P. Dimock & J. Schneer, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1983.
- Weber, Eugen "What Rough Beast?" pages 285-298 from Critical Review, Volume 10, Issue # 2, 1996.
- Wrigley, Chris "Eric Hobsbawm: an Appreciation" page 2 from Bulletin of the Society for the Study of Labour History, Volume 38, Issue #1, 1984.
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