Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm, CH, FBA, (born 1917) is a historian, perhaps the most influential British Marxist historian of the late twentieth century. Major works: The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789-1848 (1962), Industry and Empire: From 1750 to the Present Day (1968), The Age of Capital, 1848-1875 (1975), The Invention of Tradition (ed., with Terence Ranger) (1983), The Age of Empire, 1875-1914 (1987), The Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century, 1914-1991, (1994)