Abstract

The publications of Eric Hobsbawm's autobiography, Interesting Times, provides an opportunity to revisit and reassess his work as an historian. Doing so makes it clear that Hobsbawm's politics, registered most clearly in his long-time membership in the British Communist Party, was central to his achievements as a historian. His politics shaped his views and his choice of topics and provided him with unusual access to worlds most historians have rarely glimpsed. Inevitably, however, Hobsbawm's political loyalties also constrained and limited his treatment of phenomena or processes that conflicted with, or argued against, those commitments.

Additional Information

ISSN
1527-1897
Print ISSN
0022-4529
Pages
pp. 219-231
Launched on MUSE
2003-09-05
Open Access
No
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