Eric Hobsbawm (1917-2012)

The historian Eric Hobsbawm– author of a tetralogy of seminal works on the rise of the modern world including The Age of Revolution, The Age of Capital, The Age of Empire, and The Age of Extremes— has died. He wrote on a variety of social and historical topics including banditry, jazz, nationalism, the industrial revolution, social movements, and marxism. Hobsbawm was a cosmopolitan figure. Born in Egypt of Jewish parents, raised in Austria and Germany, he and his family emigrated to London with the rise of the Third Reich. The Books section of the UK Guardian has an obituary: