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E. J. Hobsbawm

Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm CH FRSL FBA (/ˈhɒbz.bɔːm/; 9 June 1917 – 1 October 2012) was a British Marxist historian of the rise of corporate capitalism, socialism, and nationalism. His best-known functions comprise his trilogy about what he called the "long 19th century" (The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789–1848, The Age of Capital: 1848–1875 and The Age of Empire: 1875–1914), The Age of Extremes on the brief 20th century, along with an edited volume that introduced the most influential thought of "invented traditions".

Hobsbawm was born in Egypt but spent his childhood mostly in Vienna and Berlin. Following the death of his parents and the rise to power of Adolf Hitler, Hobsbawm transferred to London with his family got his PhD in history at the University of Cambridge prior to operating in the Second World War. Back in 1998 he was appointed to the Order of the Companions of Honour. He was President of Birkbeck, University of London until his departure from 2002. In 2003 he received the Balzan Prize for European History since 1900 "for his brilliant analysis of the troubled history of twentieth-century Europe and also for his ability to combine in-depth historical research with great literary ability."
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