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Birkbeck Inspires: Eric Hobsbawm's life and legacy

Venue: Online

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Birkbeck has launched a new programme, 'Birkbeck Inspires', a free online events, activities and resources programme designed to inspire learning, provoke thought, and entertain and excite curious minds.

Eric Hobsbawm, by the time of his death in 2012 at the age of 95, was the best-known and most widely respected historian in the world. This is a conversation about Eric’s life and legacy, between Professor Julian Swann, Birkbeck’s Pro-Vice Master for Research, and Professor Sir Richard J Evans, historian and Fellow of the College and previously Birkbeck’s Acting Master as well as Professor of History and Head of Department.

The event will start with a pre-recorded conversation between Professor Swann and Professor Evans. The video looks in detail into the life of Eric Hobsbawm, historian and former President of Birkbeck, with references to Professor Evans’s book “Eric Hobsbawm: A Life in History”, published in February 2019. The biography was the first to be published, and used the vast mass of personal papers he left behind, as well as his published works, to portray his life in the round: not just as a historian but also as a political activist.

After the video has played, there will be an opportunity for a live question and answer session with Professor Evans.

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