The heretic thinker rips into liberal and humanist delusions - but his pessimism needs a new focus
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Sunday 07 October 2012
Better red than dead – the life of Comrade Hobsbawm
Wednesday 03 October 2012
Further to yesterday's obituary of Eric Hobsbawm, in 1952 and 1953 it was my privilege - a word he often used in various contexts – to be supervised by Eric, as an undergraduate, a raw youth straight from a tank crew in the British Army of the Rhine. Unlike a number of distinguished don colleagues, he required one's essay to be delivered to his rooms at least three days before the submission date. The result was that he had time to read it more than cursorily and knew exactly the points he thought it was worth pursuing. No tutor could have been more dismissive of irrelevance or cant, and more direct in getting to the substance of any historical issue.
Monday 01 October 2012
Eric Hobsbawm, one of the greatest British historians of the 20th century, has died at the age of 95, his family announced today.
Wednesday 22 August 2012
The death of Meles Zenawi, the prime minister of Ethiopia, at the relatively young age of 57, is a grave blow not just to the country which he rescued from the brink of recurring famine. It is a blow to the whole African continent and to the wider international community.
Wednesday 15 August 2012
Romney may wish to frame the election as a choice about the budget. But the true battle is ideological
Wednesday 25 April 2012
“Man, I’m nervous,” admits Green Gartside, the notoriously stage shy Eighties pop star, before a faultless rendition of his perky paean to hip-hop “The Boom Boom Bap”, from 2006’s White Bread Black Beer.
Wednesday 28 March 2012
Hope of political reforms dismissed as Benedict XVI meets Raul Castro on tour of the island
Sunday 24 July 2011
Anders Behring Breivik 'wants to explain himself', say police. Neightbours describe him as 'just an ordinary guy '
Sunday 24 April 2011
It's a curiosity that so many memoirs by runners emphasise the pain rather than the pleasure of an activity that is, after all, wholly optional.
Monday 11 April 2011
Sunday 20 February 2011
The Marxist historian died today. In this review for the Independent on Sunday, first published last February, the Editor examined Hobsbawm's philosophy
Thursday 23 September 2010
Tuesday 07 September 2010
Friday 20 August 2010
I was standing on a beach in Siberia when this book was recommended to me. The wavelets of a small artificial ocean made by damming the river Ob were splashing on the sand, and I was wondering out loud about the roots of the Soviet passion for making grand modifications to nature. "You need to read Kolakowski," said the person I was with. "He's got a great chapter about what he calls 'the Promethean motif' in Marxism – the idea that it's the destiny of humanity to steal fire from the gods and make the world whatever we want it to be."
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