Eric Hobsbawm

When Eugene Genovese Reviewed Eric Hobsbawm
October 01, 2012

Eugene Genovese reviewing Eric Hobsbawm's "The Age of Extremes," in The New Republic's pages in 1995.

From the Archives: Eugene Genovese on Eric Hobsbawm
October 01, 2012

A 1995 review by Eugene Genovese of Eric Hobsbawm’s history of the 20th century.

The Return of an Illusion
June 23, 2011

Why Marx Was Right By Terry Eagleton (Yale University Press, 258 pp., $25) How to Change the World: Tales of Marx and Marxism By Eric Hobsbawm (Yale University Press, 470 pp., $35) An intellectual revival of Marxism is one of the predictable consequences of the financial crisis. In the twenty years before the storm broke, the Marxisant intelligentsia was more marginal in politics and culture than it had ever been.

Back to Normalcy
December 21, 2010

Where on earth is the United States headed? Has it lost its way? Is the Obama effect, which initially promised to halt the souring of its global image, over? More seriously, is it in some sort of terminal decline? Has it joined the long historical list of number one powers that rose to the top, and then, as Rudyard Kipling outlined it, just slowly fell downhill: “Lo, all our pomp of yesterday / At one with Nineveh and Tyre”? Has it met its match in Afghanistan?

The World Cup and American Exceptionalism
June 24, 2010

This year’s World Cup demonstrates, as it has in the past, a particular feature of American exceptionalism: the rest of the world cares passionately about soccer and its quadrennial championship. Americans don’t. True, the United States has a team in the tournament that has played well, earning a place in the second round with a dramatic last-minute goal; but unlike in other countries, the names of its leading players are little known outside their own households.

Homage to Caledonia
December 03, 2008

The Invention of Scotland: Myth and History By Hugh Trevor-Roper (Yale University Press, 282 pp., $30) Hugh Trevor-Roper seemed to be an Oxford don supplied by central casting. An erect Northumbrian with a distinctly patrician air, he commanded a grandee position impregnably within the Establishment.

Homage to Catalunya
May 18, 1992

Robert Hughes’s book is an elitist’s study of a provincial culture, but that is not quite the contradiction that it appears to be.