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 1,036,299 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia. Eric Hobsbawm is the 29th most popular historian (down from 26th in 2019), the 73rd most popular biography from Egypt (down from 66th 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 29 out of 341Before him are Johan Huizinga, Hecataeus of Miletus, Jacob Burckhardt, Bede, Edward Gibbon, and Marc Bloch. After him are Hippolyte Taine, Arrian, Ibn Kathir, Jacques Le Goff, Friedrich Carl von Savigny, and Jared Diamond.

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Among people born in 1917, Eric Hobsbawm ranks 8Before him are Heinrich Böll, Indira Gandhi, Park Chung-hee, Arthur C. Clarke, Joan Fontaine, and Ella Fitzgerald. After him are Ilya Prigogine, Dean Martin, Ernest Borgnine, Louis Zamperini, Frederica of Hanover, and Sidney Sheldon. Among people deceased in 2012, Eric Hobsbawm ranks 8Before him are Ray Bradbury, Oscar Niemeyer, Norodom Sihanouk, Wisława Szymborska, Whitney Houston, and Jon Lord. After him are Rita Levi-Montalcini, Ahmed Ben Bella, Yitzhak Shamir, Theo Angelopoulos, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Ernest Borgnine.

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Among people born in Egypt, Eric Hobsbawm ranks 73 out of 520Before him are Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876), Apollonius of Rhodes (-295), Eli Cohen (1924), Psamtik I (-700), Saint Apollonia (110), and Pachomius the Great (292). After him are Berenice IV of Egypt (-77), Meritaten (-1400), Den (-3000), Muhammad Abduh (1849), Lactantius (250), and Saint Sarah (100).


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), and Yahya of Antioch (980).