|Karl Marx (1818-1883) (Photo credit: Wikipedi|
The death of Eric Hobsbawm, the leftist historian, robs the world of one of its most stimulating minds. A convinced Marxist until the end of his life, his writings and political musings constitute always a deep pool of wisdom into which one might dive at moments of difficulty. I remember the effect that reading the last volume of his history of Britain, The Short 20th Century, had on me: I felt like he was describing my life, and my attitudes towards the world. And for the benefit of readers I direct their attention to probably the last long interview he ever granted, published in the Observer, London, and written by Tristram Hunt, now a Labour MP in England. Hobsbawm’s musings on the recent history of the global economy make fascinating reading.