Historians of the world unite! : Eric Hobsbawm and the Communist Party Historians Group, 1946-1956

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Abstract

How do historians become historians? Some might say that all it takes is dedication to the profession and a talent for reading archival sources. Butthe reality is rather more complex. Eric Hobsbawm – one of the most famous historians of the twentieth-century – is a perfect example of this. His journey from a bright doctoral student to a global household name was not inevitable;instead, it involved a complex web of friendships and contacts that enabled him to speak knowledgeably to (and about) a huge range of audiences. In this article,I explore one of the most important aspects of his historical apprenticeship: his membership of the Communist Party Historians Group. This became one of the pre-eminent forums for the development of Hobsbawm’s ideas in the 1940s and 50s – and, through the richness of its discussions, left a lasting impression on Marxist historiography.
Translated title of the contributionHistorians of the world unite! : Eric Hobsbawm and the Communist Party Historians Group, 1946-1956
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)71-82
JournalMundos do Trabalho
Volume10
Issue number19
Early online date2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019

Keywords

  • Eric Hobsbawm
  • Marxist history
  • communism

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