Hobsbawm’s Nineteenth Century: An appreciation

Rohan McWilliam President of the British Association of Victorian Studies The passing of Eric Hobsbawm is a huge loss to anyone who cares about the nineteenth century.  For that matter, his passing is a huge loss to anyone who cares about the present moment and the future.  Hobsbawm bequeathed to many of us the assumption that, if we wished to really probe what is at stake in current affairs, we had to understand the social and economic transformations that took

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