Eric Hobsbawm, one of the leading historians of the 20th century, has died, his family said on Monday. Hobsbawm, a lifelong Marxist whose work influenced generations of historians and politicians, died in the early hours of Monday morning at the Royal Free Hospital in London after a long illness, his daughter Julia said. He was 95.
Apparently the rightwing nut Niall Ferguson's maintained a favorable opinion of Hobsbawm's work. Maybe it was impossible for him to get around the fact that only Marxists can properly explain, understand, read the history that made the world we find ourselves in, which is, in essence, the history of capitalism, the history of associated labor, the history of the credit system. The 19th century is indeed the long century of this history. I cannot end this post without a quote from Hobsbawm:
As the global expansion of Indian and Chinese restaurants suggests, xenophobia is directed against foreign people, not foreign cultural imports.