Hobsbawm’s ‘ages’ of history and his view of the 21st Century

AgeOfExtremesFriday 25th January, 7:00 pm for 7:30, Unity House, Fennel Street Loughborough.

Discussion to be introduced by Dr Ray Sutton.

Prof. Eric Hobsbawm died in October 2012 at the age of 95. According to the BBC obituary, he was “one of the UK’s leading historians and one of the most significant intellectuals of the past half-century…… whose life and works were shaped by his commitment to radical socialism. His books focused not on kings, queens and statesmen but on the economic and social forces underpinning them.” His most well-known work was his “Ages” series : The Ages of Revolution, Capital, Empire and, finally, The Age of Extremes on the “short 20th century” 1914-91. His 1999 forward-looking “conversation” with the Italian journalist and political commentator Antonio Polito was published as “The New Century”. Ray’s talk will focus on Hobsbawm’s methods, motivation and modern relevance, although it is worth noting that his political evolution through his long and eventful life would be a subject in itself.

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3 Responses to Hobsbawm’s ‘ages’ of history and his view of the 21st Century

  1. Capitalism ‘nothing to do with responsibility’

    I stumbled upon this interview of Hobsbawm with Jeremy Paxman:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/9682626.stm
    Prime Minister David Cameron has said the UK must “build a better economy” that is fair and worthwhile.Deputy PM Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband have also made speeches on the faults of unrestrained free markets. But, the Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm told Newsnight’s Jeremy Paxman that capitalism was concerned only with growth and making profit, not responsibility. Broadcast on Thursday 19 January 2012.

  2. And this one is worth revisiting too:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/9682627.stm. Finkelstein argues that noone has come up a credible alternative to capitalism; I think we have but not articulated it. The left needs a new Testament.

  3. Let us replace the “Growth” agenda with the “Enough” agenda.

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