Vol. 24 (2021): Cromohs
Historians and Their Craft

Eric Hobsbawm: The Last of the Universal Historians?

Teodoro Tagliaferri
University of Naples Federico II
Cover image: Alcázar Palace, Seville: the Salón de Embajadores (Hall of the Ambassadors). Watercolour, attributed to E.S., ninetheenth century. Wellcome Collection. Public Domain
Published June 8, 2022
  • Eric Hobsbawm,
  • History of historiography,
  • history of Marxism,
  • world history,
  • Richard J. Evans,
  • people’s history
  • ...More
How to Cite
Tagliaferri, T. (2022). Eric Hobsbawm: The Last of the Universal Historians?. Cromohs - Cyber Review of Modern Historiography, 24, 137 - 147. https://doi.org/10.36253/cromohs-12814


Drawing on a discussion of Richard J. Evans’s Eric Hobsbawm: A Live in History (2019), this article takes stock of Eric Hobsbawm’s unique role in the development of professional historiography during the second half of the twentieth century, focusing critically on the biographical and intellectual roots of his achievements in the field of world history.