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October 1, 2012

Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm dies at 95

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Monday, October 1, 2012

The British Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm died last Monday from pneumonia at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

Eric Hobsbawm’s daughter Julia Hobsbawm told AFP, “He died from pneumonia in the early hours of this morning in London. He will be greatly missed not just by his wife of 50 years, Marlene, and his three children, seven grandchildren and great grandchild, but also by his many thousands of readers and students around the world.”

“He’d been quietly fighting leukemia for a number of years without fuss or fanfare. Right up until the end he was keeping up what he did best, he was keeping up with current affairs, there was a stack of newspapers by his bed.”, she said.

A British Labour Party politician Ed Miliband called him “an extraordinary historian, a man passionate about his politics […] He brought history out of the ivory tower and into people’s lives.”


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