Eric Hobsbawm

Eric Hobsbawm is one of Britain’s most celebrated historians. He came to the UK from Germany in 1933 as a fifteen year old orphan. Multilingual and steeped in the culture and history of Central Europe, he is to this day an “unrepentant communist”. His trilogy charting the rise of capitalism - The Age of RevolutionThe Age of Capital and The Age of Empire - became a defining work of the \"long 19th century\", from 1789 to 1914. The Age of Extremes, translated into 37 languages, covered the \"short 20th century\", from WW1 to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. His most recent book is his autobiography Interesting Times.
Marx for the 21st Century
Radio 4 listeners recently voted Karl Marx the greatest philosopher of all time – a decision with which historian Eric Hobsbawm would not disagree. He discussed here Marx’s stature and legacy with Jacques Attali, first president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the institution created to ease the transition to capitalism of East European countries. Attali has just published a book explaining why Marx was a visionary prophet and “one of the giants of modern though...