Eric Hobsbawm (1917-2012)

The eminent historian Eric Hobsbawm died 1 October 2012 at the age of 95. He wrote more than 30 books. His reputation rests largely on four works, including History of the 20th Century, The Age of Extremes, which has been translated into 40 languages. Born to Jewish parents in Egypt in 1917, the year of the Russian Revolution, Prof Hobsbawm’s life and works were shaped by his commitment to radical socialism.

Obituaries published by The Guardian and on the BBC news website can be read here.