Hobsbawm and the Analitic History

James M. Blaut 70671.2032 at SPAMcompuserve.com
Sat Aug 5 20:28:59 MDT 2000


Well, the first place to look is Hobsbawm's essay, "Some reflections on
'The Break-Up of Britain" New Left Review No. 105, 1997. Here are some

"The Marxist attitude [towards nationalism] has for the most part, and
necessarily, been a matter not of theoretical principle...but of pragmatic
judgement in changing circumstances. Marxists are neither for nor against
independent statehood for any nation." p 9

"[Any] speck in the Pacific can look forweard to independence and a good
time for its presiddent, if it happens to possess a location for a naval
base...a lucky gift of nature, such as manganese, or merely enough beaches
and pretty girls to become a tourist paradise. p.6

In The Age f Revolution, "Outside of Europe it is diffcult to speak of
nationalism at all [before 1848]."

I forget the reference, but somewhere H questions whether the independence
of Ireland was progressive, and sneers at Connoly.

Also see his book Nationalism  --very antinationalist and based on lectures
he delivered, yes, in Belfast.

Haven't time to purse the matter further right now.

Jim Blaut

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