People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 40

October 07, 2012


CPI(M)  Condoles Hobsbawm’s Demise


We express our heartfelt condolences on the demise of Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm (June 9, 1917 – October 1, 2012), one of the tallest and famous Marxist historians. Hobsbawm died in the early hours of October 1, 2012, at the age of 95, at the Royal Free Hospital, London after a long illness. His best-known works include his trilogy about the long 19th Century: The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789-1848; The Age of Capital: 1848-1875; The Age of Empire: 1875-1914 and The Age of Extremes on the short 20th Century. He published numerous essays in various intellectual journals. Among his final publications were Globalisation, Democracy and Terrorism (2007), On Empire (2008), and the collection of essays How to Change the World: Marx and Marxism 1840–2011 (2011). Hobsbawm joined the Communist Party in 1936 and until the day of his death, he remained firmly with the Left.