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Monday, Oct 1, 2012, 11:55 am

Eric Hobsbawm: In His Own Words

By Jane Miller

Earlier this year I interviewed historian Eric Hobsbawn, who died today, for In These Times.

Eric Hobsbawm, Marxist historian, public intellectual and author of The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789-1848, The Age of Capital: 1848-1875, The Age of Empire: 1875-1914, and The Age of Extremes: The Short 20th Century,1914-1991, was born nearly 95 years ago in Alexandria, Egypt. He grew up in Vienna and Berlin, but after the death of his parents he moved to London in 1933 where he finished his schooling. I met him in 1952, during my first term at Cambridge, in the University Library. He was studying bandits.

So begins the introduction to my interview earlier this year with my friend Eric. You can read the whole interview here.

Jane Miller first worked in publishing, then as an English teacher and finally at the London University Institute of Education. She retired as Professor Emeritus in 1998.

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