Eric J. Hobsbawm

The age of... series - Eric Hobsbawm

Eric Hobsbawm

The four volumes of Eric Hobsbawm's 'Age of...' series, charting the ages of Revolution (1789-1848), Capital (1848-1875), Empire (1875-1914) and Extremes (1914-1991).

Birth of a Holiday: The First of May - Eric Hobsbawm

Walter Crane - Garland for Mayday

Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm's account of the international celebration of Mayday.

Socialism and the Avant-Garde, 1880-1914 - Eric Hobsbawm

walter crane - solidarity of labour

Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm's account of the relationship between the prewar artistic avant-garde and the workers' movement of that period. Both converged in the late nineteenth century, diverged quite sharply in the first phase of radical 'modernism', but found each other again - at least for a few passionate years - under the impact of the Great War and the October Revolution.

The machine breakers - Eric Hobsbawm

The purpose of this essay is clearly stated: to defend British labour movements against what E. P. Thompson was later to call 'the enormous condescension of posterity'; and, one might add, against ideologists of our own times. It was first published in 1952 in the first issue of a historical journal that had been recently founded by the author and a group of friends, and is still published, Past & Present

Cities and Insurrections - Eric J. Hobsbawm

Mai '68, Paris

Hobsbawm discusses the potential and limits of cities as sites of riot and insurrection.