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Eric Hobsbawn, 1917-2012

'He Knew Everything'

by / RP 178 (Mar/Apr 2013) / Obituary

Eric Hobsbawm often told the story of his life, saying that it offered an interesting point of view for the historian he became. He was born in 1917 in Alexandria, in an Egypt then a British protectorate, to Jewish parents. His paternal grandfather was a Polish cabinetmaker who had emigrated to Britain in the 1870s. …