Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm, CH, FBA, FRSL, 1917 - 2012
Born: 9 June 1917, Alexandria, Sultanate of Egypt
Died: 1 October 2012, London, England, UK
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- A very working-class unit trying to build some patently inadequate defences against invasion on the coasts of East Anglia. There was something sublime about them and about Britain at that time. That wartime experience converted me to the British working class. They were not very clever, except for the Scots and Welsh, but they were very, very good people. permalink
on 560 Field Company, a sapper unit he served with, quoted in his The Guardian obituary (1 October 2012)
- All of us thought that the crisis of the 1930s was the final crisis of capitalism. it was not. permalink
40 years later, quoted in his The Guardian obituary (1 October 2012)
- Every historian has his or her lifetime, a private perch from which to survey the world. My own perch is constructed, among other materials, of a childhood in the Vienna of the 1920s, the years of Hitler's rise in Berlin, which determined my politics and my interest in history, and the England, and especially the Cambridge, of the 1930s, which confirmed both. permalink
Creighton lecture (1993)
- The only certain thing about the future is that it will surprise even those who have seen furthest into it. permalink
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