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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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„Banditry is freedom, but in a peasant society few can be free. most are shackled by double chains of lordship and labour, one reinforcing the other.“

— Eric Hobsbawm
Context: Banditry is freedom, but in a peasant society few can be free. most are shackled by double chains of lordship and labour, one reinforcing the other. For what makes peasants the victim of authority is not as much their economic vulnerability - indeed they are as often as not virtually self sufficient - as their mobility. Chapter Two

„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

„Uncertainty and unpredictability impended. Compass needles no longer had a North, maps became useless.“

— Eric Hobsbawm
Context: The old moral vocabulary of rights and duties, mutual obligations, sin and virtue, sacrifice, conscience, rewards, and penalties, could no longer be translated into the new language of desired gratification. Once such practices and institutions were no longer accepted as part of a way of ordering society that linked people to each other and ensured social cooperation and reproduction, most of their capacity to structure human social life vanished. They were reduced simply expressions of individuals' preferences, and claims that the law should recognize the supremacy of these preferences. Uncertainty and unpredictability impended. Compass needles no longer had a North, maps became useless. Chapter Eleven, Cultural Revolution, p.338-339

„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

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