Eric Hobsbawm Quotes (14 quotes)
The Age of Extremes, Abacus Publishing, London, p. 414 (2004)
The Age of Extremes, p. 422
“First, utopianism is probably a necessary social device for generating the superhuman efforts without which no major revolution is achieved.”
Primitive rebels; studies in archaic forms of social movement in the 19th and 20th centuries, page 60 
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Born: June 9, 1917 (age 101)
Bio: Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm, CH, FBA, FRSL is a British Marxist historian, public intellectual, and author. His best known works include the trilogy about the long 19th century: The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789 1848, The Age of Capital: 1848-1875 and The Age of Empire: 1875 1914; and an edited volume which introduced the influential idea of 'invented traditions'.