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Eric Hobsbawm

Data di nascita: 9. Giugno 1917
Data di morte: 1. Ottobre 2012
Altri nomi:Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm

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Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm è stato uno storico e scrittore britannico. Nato in una famiglia ebraica di origini austriache, studioso di formazione marxista, Hobsbawm ha dedicato molte delle proprie ricerche alla classe operaia inglese e al proletariato internazionale. Da sempre alieno a posizioni dogmatiche, è stato il creatore di alcune definizioni storiche diventate punto di riferimento per la storiografia, come Il Secolo breve e il Lungo XIX secolo, entrambi teorizzati in suoi scritti. Alla sua teorizzazione si deve anche l'enucleazione concettuale che ha dato origine a «uno dei più famosi e influenti archetipi storici, il bandito sociale». A un suo lavoro, in collaborazione con Terence Ranger, si deve la formulazione di un altro paradigma storico, l'invenzione della tradizione.

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„My object is to understand ad explain why things turned out the way they did, and how they hang together.“

—  Eric Hobsbawm
Context: My object is to understand ad explain why things turned out the way they did, and how they hang together. For anyone of my age-group who has lived through all or most of the Short Twentieth Century this is inevitably also a autobiographical endeavor. We are talking about, amplifying (and correcting) our own memories. And we are talking as men and women of a particular time and place, involved, in various ways, in its history as actors in its dramas - however insignificant our parts - as observers of our times and, not least, as people whose views of the century have been formed by what we have come to see as its crucial events. Introduction

„Why brilliant fashion-designers, a notoriously non-analytic breed,sometimes succeed in anticipating the shape of things to come better than professional predictors, is one of the most obscure questions in history; and, for the historian of culture, one of the most central.“

—  Eric Hobsbawm
Context: Why brilliant fashion-designers, a notoriously non-analytic breed, sometimes succeed in anticipating the shape of things to come better than professional predictors, is one of the most obscure questions in history; and, for the historian of culture, one of the most central. Chapter Six, The Arts 1914-1945

„Words are witnesses which often speak louder than documents.“

—  Eric Hobsbawm
Context: Words are witnesses which often speak louder than documents. Let us consider a few English words, which were invented or gained their modern meanings, substantially in the period of sixty years with which this volume deals. They are such words as 'industry', 'industrialist', 'factory,' middle class,' 'working class,' and 'socialism.' They include 'aristocracy,' as well as 'railway,' 'liberal' and 'conservative' as political terms, 'nationality,'scientist,' and 'engineer,' 'proletariat,' and (economic) 'crisis'. Introduction

„As I think back, I ask myself, again and again: was there an alternative to the indiscriminate , brutal, basically unplanned rush forward of the Five-Year Plan? I wish I could say there was, but I cannot. I cannot find a answer.“

—  Eric Hobsbawm
Context: As I think back, I ask myself, again and again: was there an alternative to the indiscriminate, brutal, basically unplanned rush forward of the Five-Year Plan? I wish I could say there was, but I cannot. I cannot find a answer. Chapter Sixteen, End of Socialism

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