Eric Hobsbawm

Eric Hobsbawm (Alexandria, 1917- London, 2012) was one of the most influential historians of the second half of the twentieth century. His work, published in different languages, mainly focused on issues of modern and contemporary history. Professor Hobsbawm’s studies carved out new paths of research and contributed to reinterpreting key problems of our history, especially those related to social movements, such as the European industrial and bourgeois revolution.

He was professor emeritus at the University of London, where he retired in 1982. He was visiting professor at several universities, including Cambridge, MIT, New York and Colege de France, among others. He was honored as an honorary member of the Hungarian and American and English academies of science. He received various awards from the universities of Stockholm, Chicago, York (Canada), Pisa and East Anglia (England).

In 2008, he was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Girona ‘for his condition as a historian committed to the present, for the critical interpretation of the events that have shaped contemporary society and his mastery, spread all over and within the world and at the University of Girona, through an extensive bibliographical production and teaching imparted from progressist ideological views’.



 June 14th to 25th, 1993
  1. History and contemporary experience. Some intellectual autobiography. How I came to be interested in main lines of my work.
  2. History between objectivity and subjectivity. Its present status and relation to the social sciences. Analysis or prediction?
  3. Marxism and history yesterday and today. An assessment of the materialist conception of history.
  4. Forces of production, social institutions, culture, ideas: how are they to be combined?
  5. The place of capitalism in world historical development. The origins of the breakthrough to industrial revolution.
  6. The pre-capitalist inheritance of capitalism and its assimilation. How far capitalism depended on it.
  7. The common people and the transition to capitalism. Politics before politics and “primitive rebellions”.
  8. The Nineteenth Century in history.
  9. The labour movement and socialism in historical perspective.
  10. The “Short Twentieth Century”.


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Other activities

Eric Hobsbawm gave on Monday, June 21, 1993, at 8:00 p.m., at the La Mercè Cultural Center, a conference open to the general public entitled Nationalism and ethnicy in Europe after the end of comunism