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Eric Hobsbawm

Eric Hobsbawm was one of the founder members of the journal in 1952, and was Assistant Editor for its very first issue in February 1952. Over half a century, he chose to publish a series of his major articles in the journal, which we are delighted to make freely available.

Eric succeeded Christopher Hill as President of the Past and Present Society. He was a guiding force on the journal and constantly sought to make it reach out widely, to tackle ambitious subjects, to consider histories of every period and place, and address wide-ranging themes. His vision of history has been an immense influence on the journal. We will be publishing an Obituary in our February issue. He is very much missed.

The Machine Breakers (1952)

The Crisis of The 17th Century—II (1954)

The General Crisis of the European Economy in the 17th Century (1954)

Twentieth–Century British Politics (1957)

Discussion of H. R. Trevor-Roper: “The General Crisis Of The Seventeenth Century.”II (1960)

The Social Function Of The Past: Some Questions (1972)

Peasant Land Occupations (1974)

The Revival Of Narrative: Some Comments (1980)

Political Shoemakers (1980)

Past And Present: Origins And Early Years (1983)

A Life in History (2002)

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