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Eric Hobsbawm dies age 95

by: SJ Reporter - Last updated: 2012-10-01

Eric Hobsbawm

Eric Hobsbawm

Eric Hobsbawm, one of Britain's leading t historians and expert on Marxism, has died at the age of 95, his family has confirmed.

The Egypt-born intellectual who who also grew up in pre-war Vienna and Berlin wrote more than 30 books. He arrived in London in 1933 as Hitler began to take control of Germany.

In a statement, his family said: "He will be greatly missed not only by his wife of 50 years, Marlene, and his three children, seven grandchildren and great grandchild, but also by his many thousands of readers and students around the world."

In a Twitter update, his daughter Julia, a former PR powerhouse said: "Very moved by the complete kindness and condolences of friends and strangers today about my lovely incomparable Dad. Thanks very much indeed."

Eric Hobsbawm's best-known works are his four volumes spanning the modern historical period, from 1789 to 1991: The Age of Revolution, The Age of Capital, The Age of Empire, and the Age of Extremes.

Labour leader Ed Milliband commented: "Eric Hobsbawm was an extraordinary historian, a man passionate about his politics and a great friend of his family. His historical works brought hundreds of years of British history to hundreds of thousands of people. He brought history out of the ivory tower and into people's lives," he said.

"But he was not simply an academic, he cared deeply about the political direction of the country. Indeed, he was one of the first people to recognise the challenges to Labour in the late 1970s and 1980s from the changing nature of our society."

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