Eric Hobsbawm’s work spanned everything from jazz to the history of banditry, in thousands of texts he wrote in several languages. A new project has brought together his writings in a searchable database — offering readers a goldmine of work by Britain’s greatest Marxist historian.
Emile Chabal is a reader in history at the University of Edinburgh. He works on twentieth-century European political and intellectual history, with a special interest in France.
Histories of Marxism frequently imagine an essentially European body of thought spreading around the world. Yet, as Eric Hobsbawm’s work shows, revolutionary breakthroughs in the “periphery” could profoundly reshape Western Marxists’ own thinking.