A Life in History

Author(s): Hobsbawm, E. J

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Abstract Several developments in the discipline of history in Western institutions throughout the 20th century are explored. After providing autobiographical information about the author's educational training & professional career, factors responsible for the emergence of multiple Marxist perspectives within the mid-20th century academic community are discussed. The question concerning why the UK became the locus for Marxist interpretations of WWII history during the postwar era is then addressed. Although the international history community was primarily dominated by Western scholars, it is stressed that global decolonization movements facilitated the introduction of Third World & nonwestern scholarship into the discipline. In addition, the quality of historical writing produced by the post-WWII generations & the relevance of historical studies in the Internet age are contemplated. J. W. Parker
Publication Title Past & Present
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication Date 11/2002
URIs http://www.jstor.org/stable/3600876
Keywords HISTORY
History studies
Hobsbawm, Eric
Marxist Analysis
Personal narratives
Post World War II Period
Twentieth Century
United Kingdom
Western Society
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