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Eric Hobsbawm and all that jazz

The latest annual collection of Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the British Academy, published in December 2015, includes an extended obituary of Eric Hobsbawm (1917-2012), written by Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA. Hobsbawm was one of the UK’s most renowned modern historians and left-wing public intellectuals. His influential three-volume history of the 19th and 20th centuries, published between 1962 and 1987, put a new concept on the historiographical map: ‘the long 19th century’. This extract from the obituary reveals Eric Hobsbawm’s less well-known interest in jazz.

• Richard J Evans

The whole British Academy Review article may be downloaded as a PDF file.

Published in British Academy Review, Issue 27 (February 2016).