Eric John Hobsbawm


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  • ''Xenophobia looks like becoming the mass ideology of the 20th-century fin-de-siècle. What holds humanity together today is the denial of what the human race has in common.''
    Eric J. Hobsbawm (b. 1917), British historian. repr. in Anthropology Today (Feb. 1992). Lecture to the American Anthropological Association.
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  • ''It seems that American patriotism measures itself against an outcast group. The right Americans are the right Americans because they're not like the wrong Americans, who are not really Americans.''
    Eric J. Hobsbawm (b. 1917), British historian. Marxism Today (London, January 1988).
  • ''There is not much that even the most socially responsible scientists can do as individuals, or even as a group, about the social consequences of their activities.''
    Eric J. Hobsbawm (b. 1917), British historian. New York Review of Books (Nov. 19, 1970).
  • ''As the global expansion of Indian and Chinese restaurants suggests, xenophobia is directed against foreign people, not foreign cultural imports.''
    Eric J. Hobsbawm (b. 1917), British historian. Lecture to the American Anthropological Association. Anthropology Today (Feb. 1922).
  • ''Historians are to nationalism what poppy-growers in Pakistan are to heroin-addicts: we supply the essential raw material for the market.''
    Eric J. Hobsbawm (b. 1917), British historian. Lecture, American Anthropological Association. Anthropology Today (Feb. 1992).
  • ''Nations without a past are contradictions in terms. What makes a nation is the past, what justifies one nation against others is the past, and historians are the people who produce it.''
    Eric J. Hobsbawm (b. 1917), British historian. Lecture, American Anthropological Association. Anthropology Today (Feb. 1992).

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