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The Importance of Eric Hobsbawm

Eric Hobsbawm (from Wikipedia)

The passing of Eric Hobsbawm on October 1 severs one of the last, and strongest, links between the mostly tragic and at times heroic era of the early and mid-20th century—the subject of his last major book, The Age of Extremes (1994)—and the intellectual and the political world we inhabit today.

His death is a reminder that many of the debates, beliefs, and passions that animate us now have roots in the great struggles of the 20th century between capitalism and com…