Eric Hobsbawm Event

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Historians often study particular regions, people, and times.  Please join us as we reflect on the work of a historian who influenced history writing in places as diverse as the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Professors Holly Hanson, Jonathan Lipman, Desmond Fitz-Gibbon, and Daniel Czitrom will begin our discussion with comments on how Hobsbawm’s work has influenced their own research and writing, and their sub-discipline.  We will continue our conversation by focusing on specific selections of Hobsbawm’s work: selections from his books Bandits and Age of Capital, and an interview with Hobsbawm that appeared in Radical History Review.  For copies of these readings, email Professor Joshua Rosenthal or stop by 310 Skinner where reading copies will be available.

All are welcome as we discuss together the work of a prominent and prolific historian.

4:15-5:30pm, Tuesday, 2 April 2013
216 Skinner

Refreshments will be served.

Eric Hobsbawm, whose work was debated and applauded by both the left and right, passed away on 1 October 2012.  Obituaries were written and published by historians of the United StatesEurope, and South Asia. The Guardian described him as "one of a tiny handful of historians of any era to enjoy genuine national and world renown."  He visited Mount Holyoke College in 1986 to deliver the History Department's Annual John Lax Memorial Lecture.  Read the The Mount Holyoke News coverage of Hobsbawm's talk, in "Famed Historian Speaks on Megalapolis," by Elizabeth Zeitlin.

Photo by Kari Heerdt for The Mount Holyoke News. Courtesy of the College Archives.