|Title of host publication||Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism|
|Editors||John Stone, Rutledge M. Dennis, Polly Rizova, Anthony D. Smith, Xiaoshuo Hou|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2016|
Eric J. Hobsbawm (1917-2012) was the leading British Marxist historian of his generation, articulating strong views on the nature and fate of nationalism in the modern period. His book Nations and Nationalism since 1780 (1992) charted the rise and supposed decline of nationalism in the modern period, attributing this largely to the development of global capitalism. The book The Invention of Tradition (1983), co-edited with Terrance Ranger, advanced the thesis that the modern period of nation building brought with it elaborate artificial constructions of national traditions, which helped ideologically legitimate the novel national projects.
- Eric J. Hobsbawm