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As the global expansion of Indian and Chinese restaurants suggests, xenophobia is directed against foreign people, not foreign cultural imports. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Utopianism is probably a necessary social device for generating the superhuman efforts without which no major revolution is achieved. ---->>>

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. ---->>>


Nationality: British
Born: 06-08, 1917
Occupation: Historian

Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm CH FRSL FBA (; 9 June 1917 – 1 October 2012) was a British Marxist historian of the rise of industrial capitalism, socialism and nationalism. His best-known works include his trilogy about what he called the "long 19th century" (The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789–1848, The Age of Capital: 1848–1875 and The Age of Empire: 1875–1914), The Age of Extremes on the short 20th century, and an edited volume that introduced the influential idea of "invented traditions" (wikipedia)