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Eric Hobsbawm

Fecha de nacimiento: 9. Junio 1917
Fecha de muerte: 1. Octubre 2012
Otros nombres:Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm

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Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm fue un historiador marxista británico de origen judío.

Considerado un «pensador clave de la historia del siglo XX»,[1]​ es conocido por su trilogía sobre las tres edades:[5]​ La era de la revolución: Europa 1789–1848 , La era del capital: 1848-1875 y La era del imperio: 1875–1914 , a la cual en 1994 se añade The Age of Extremes, publicada en español como Historia del siglo XX.[6]​

Frases Eric Hobsbawm

„Words are witnesses which often speak louder than documents.“

— Eric Hobsbawm
Context: Words are witnesses which often speak louder than documents. Let us consider a few English words, which were invented or gained their modern meanings, substantially in the period of sixty years with which this volume deals. They are such words as 'industry', 'industrialist', 'factory,' middle class,' 'working class,' and 'socialism.' They include 'aristocracy,' as well as 'railway,' 'liberal' and 'conservative' as political terms, 'nationality,'scientist,' and 'engineer,' 'proletariat,' and (economic) 'crisis'. Introduction

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„My object is to understand ad explain why things turned out the way they did, and how they hang together.“

— Eric Hobsbawm
Context: My object is to understand ad explain why things turned out the way they did, and how they hang together. For anyone of my age-group who has lived through all or most of the Short Twentieth Century this is inevitably also a autobiographical endeavor. We are talking about, amplifying (and correcting) our own memories. And we are talking as men and women of a particular time and place, involved, in various ways, in its history as actors in its dramas - however insignificant our parts - as observers of our times and, not least, as people whose views of the century have been formed by what we have come to see as its crucial events. Introduction

„Why brilliant fashion-designers, a notoriously non-analytic breed,sometimes succeed in anticipating the shape of things to come better than professional predictors, is one of the most obscure questions in history; and, for the historian of culture, one of the most central.“

— Eric Hobsbawm
Context: Why brilliant fashion-designers, a notoriously non-analytic breed, sometimes succeed in anticipating the shape of things to come better than professional predictors, is one of the most obscure questions in history; and, for the historian of culture, one of the most central. Chapter Six, The Arts 1914-1945

„Uncertainty and unpredictability impended. Compass needles no longer had a North, maps became useless.“

— Eric Hobsbawm
Context: The old moral vocabulary of rights and duties, mutual obligations, sin and virtue, sacrifice, conscience, rewards, and penalties, could no longer be translated into the new language of desired gratification. Once such practices and institutions were no longer accepted as part of a way of ordering society that linked people to each other and ensured social cooperation and reproduction, most of their capacity to structure human social life vanished. They were reduced simply expressions of individuals' preferences, and claims that the law should recognize the supremacy of these preferences. Uncertainty and unpredictability impended. Compass needles no longer had a North, maps became useless. Chapter Eleven, Cultural Revolution, p.338-339

„As I think back, I ask myself, again and again: was there an alternative to the indiscriminate , brutal, basically unplanned rush forward of the Five-Year Plan? I wish I could say there was, but I cannot. I cannot find a answer.“

— Eric Hobsbawm
Context: As I think back, I ask myself, again and again: was there an alternative to the indiscriminate, brutal, basically unplanned rush forward of the Five-Year Plan? I wish I could say there was, but I cannot. I cannot find a answer. Chapter Sixteen, End of Socialism

„Banditry is freedom, but in a peasant society few can be free. most are shackled by double chains of lordship and labour, one reinforcing the other.“

— Eric Hobsbawm
Context: Banditry is freedom, but in a peasant society few can be free. most are shackled by double chains of lordship and labour, one reinforcing the other. For what makes peasants the victim of authority is not as much their economic vulnerability - indeed they are as often as not virtually self sufficient - as their mobility. Chapter Two

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