Watch Online Eric Hobsbawm: The Consolations of History, a Documentary Exploring the Life & Work of the Influential Historian

Cour­tesy of The Lon­don Review of Books, you can now watch Eric Hob­s­bawm: The Con­so­la­tions of His­to­ry:

In this doc­u­men­tary, Antho­ny Wilks traces the con­nec­tions between the events of Eric Hob­s­bawm’s life and the his­to­ry he told, from his teenage years in Ger­many and his com­mu­nist mem­ber­ship, to the jazz clubs of 1950s Soho and the mak­ings of New Labour, tak­ing in Ital­ian ban­dits, Peru­vian peas­ant move­ments and the devel­op­ment of nation­al­ism in the mod­ern world, with help from the assid­u­ous obser­va­tions of MI5. The film fea­tures con­tri­bu­tions from Frances Stonor Saun­ders, Richard J. Evans, John Foot, Ste­fan Colli­ni, Mar­lene Hob­s­bawm and Don­ald Sas­soon, as well as Hob­s­bawm him­self in exten­sive archive footage.

To learn more about Hob­s­bawm, read the 2019 New York­er pro­file “Eric Hob­s­bawm, the Com­mu­nist Who Explained His­to­ry.”

The film will be added to our list of online doc­u­men­taries and our larg­er col­lec­tion, 4,000+ Free Movies Online: Great Clas­sics, Indies, Noir, West­erns, Doc­u­men­taries & More.

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