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Eric Hobsbawm

1917 - 2012

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Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm (; 9 June 1917 – 1 October 2012) was a British historian of the rise of industrial capitalism, socialism and nationalism. A life-long Marxist, his socio-political convictions influenced the character of his work. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Eric Hobsbawm has received more than 1,281,825 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Eric Hobsbawm is the 31st most popular historian (down from 29th in 2019), the 72nd most popular biography from Egypt (up from 73rd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Egyptian Historian.

Eric Hobsbawm was a British Marxist historian who was most famous for his analysis of the Industrial Revolution and the rise of capitalism.

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Among historians, Eric Hobsbawm ranks 31 out of 339Before him are Jacob Burckhardt, Bede, Marc Bloch, Arrian, Friedrich Carl von Savigny, and Ibn Kathir. After him are Hippolyte Taine, Jacques Le Goff, Edward Gibbon, William of Tyre, Ibn Ishaq, and Erwin Panofsky.

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Among people born in 1917, Eric Hobsbawm ranks 7Before him are John F. Kennedy, Park Chung-hee, Indira Gandhi, Heinrich Böll, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ella Fitzgerald. After him are Ilya Prigogine, Joan Fontaine, Frederica of Hanover, Ernest Borgnine, Anthony Burgess, and I. M. Pei. Among people deceased in 2012, Eric Hobsbawm ranks 8Before him are Oscar Niemeyer, Norodom Sihanouk, Wisława Szymborska, Ray Bradbury, Whitney Houston, and Ahmed Ben Bella. After him are Carroll Shelby, Michael Clarke Duncan, Theo Angelopoulos, Jon Lord, George Tupou V, and Rita Levi-Montalcini.

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Among people born in Egypt, Eric Hobsbawm ranks 72 out of 582Before him are Sextus Empiricus (160), Shoshenq I (-1000), Sayyid Qutb (1906), Appian (95), Paul of Thebes (227), and Saint Maurice (250). After him are Pachomius the Great (292), Apollonius of Rhodes (-295), Psamtik I (-700), Lactantius (250), Hassan al-Banna (1906), and Constantine P. Cavafy (1863).


Among historians born in Egypt, Eric Hobsbawm ranks 2Before him are Manetho (-201). After him are Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalani (1372), Theophylact Simocatta (580), Al-Maqrizi (1364), Yahya of Antioch (980), and Al-Nuwayri (1279).