Born in 1917, Eric Hobsbawm was educated in Austria, Germany, and England. He was Emeritus Professor of history at Birbeck College, University of London, and Emeritus Universtiy Professor of politics and socity at the New School for Social Research. He is the author of more than fourteen books, including The Age of Revolution, The Age of Empire, The Age of Extremes, and The Jazz Scene. He died in 2012.
"Eric Hobsbawm is one of the few genuinely great historians of our
century." --The New Republic "Brilliant. . . . [This period]
must be understood from a global perspective. Hobsbawm is at his
best when he dissects the bourgeois culture of 'repectability.'"
--The New York Times Book Review
"One of the great achievements of historical writing in recent decades." --The New York Review of Books