Eric Hobsbawm by Richard J Evans evaluation– Marxist intellectual, nationwide treasure

Eric Hobsbawm by Richard J Evans evaluation– Marxist intellectual, nationwide treasure

As a 17-year-old London schoolboy, Eric Hobsbawm solemnly confided to his diary in 1934: “I am an intellectual through and through – with all the weakness of an intellectual – inhibitions, complexes etc.” It’s an endearing glimpse – part self-criticism, part self-importance, part the recognisable tendency of the bookish teenage boy to rationalise Trouble With…