Eric Hobsbawm

2003 Balzan Prize for European History since 1900

For his brilliant analysis of the troubled history of twentieth-century Europe and for his ability to combine in-depth historical research with great literary talent.

Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm, born in Alexandria, Egypt, on 9 June 1917 [*9 June 1917 – † 1st October 2012], is a British citizen and was educated in Vienna, Berlin, London and Cambridge.

Academic Activities:

1947-82 Lecturer, Reader and from 1971 Professor of (Economic and Social) History, Birkbeck College, University of London. Since then Emeritus Professor
1950-55 also: Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge
1960 Visiting Professor, Stanford University
1967 Visiting Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1971 Visiting Professor, UNAM, Mexico
1976-82 Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large, Cornell University
1978-83 Visiting Directeur de Recherche Associé, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris
1982 Visiting Professor, Collège de France, Paris
1984- University Professor of Politics and Society, New School for Social Research, New York, since 1989 Emeritus Professor and Senior Lecturer

Also lectured and given seminars at universities in North America (US and Canada), Latin America (Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brasil), Europe (Portugal, Spain, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Federal Republic of Germany, German Democratic Republic, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Sweden, Finland, Yugoslavia, USSR), and Asia (India, China, Korea, Japan, Israel, Palestine-West Bank).

Former chairman, Society for the Study of Labour History;
Former member, Council, Economic History Society;
Co-founder and (1952-87) editorial board member of Past & Present;
1987-92 member Comité Scientifique auprès du Ministère de l’Education Nationale, France.

Major Publications:
Primitive Rebels: Studies in Archaic Forms of Social Movement, 1959;
The Jazz Scene 
(under pseudonym Francis Newton), revised 1961, expanded new editions under own name London 1989, New York 1993;
The Long Nineteenth Century:
The Age of Revolution 1789-1848, 
The Age of Capital 1848-1875, 
The Age of Empire 1875-1914, 
The Age of Extremes, The Short Twentieth Century, 1914-1991, 
Labouring Men: Studies in the History of Labour, 
Industry and Empire, 
Bandits, 1969, 
new and revised edition 2000;
Captain Swing 
(with George Rude), 1969;
Revolutionaries: Contemporary Essays, 
Worlds of Labour: Further studies in the history of labour, 
1984 (American title: Workers);
Politics for a Rational Left, 
Nations and Nationalism since 1780, 
1990, revised edition 1992;
Echoes of the Marseillaise: two centuries look back on the French Revolution, 
Gramsci in Europa e in America, 
The French Revolution, 
On History, 
Uncommon People, 
Interesting Times: a twentieth-century life, 2002.

Books Edited
 (and with contributions by Hobsbawm)
(with others) Storia del Marxismo (4 vols, Torino 1978-82), Contributions to volumes I, II, III, IV;
(with Terence Ranger) The Invention of Tradition, 1983.

: all these books have been translated, mainly into the European languages (except Russian) and Japanese, but also into Arabic, Forsi, Korean, Turkish and Bahasa Indonesia. The 19th century volumes have been translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian editions), Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Greek, Hungarian, Slovene, Hebrew and Japanese.

(October  2003)

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