Eric Hobsbawm

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A few years ago, I had the privilege of meeting Eric Hobsbawm, the late eminent left-wing historian, and took the opportunity to ask him what he belie(...)

(Original Caption) 'Germany: World War I Armistice: Officers celebrate at captured German canteen.' In reality, the industrial nature of the slaughter destroyed all the notions of individual heroism and chivalry.

It was the greatest silence in all of history. On the western front, the British and Americans were using sound waves transferred on to film to give v(...)

Leslie Greer (98), who worked as an analyst in Bletchley Park during the second World War. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

One woman’s role in the extraordinary work carried out in Bletchley Park, Britain’s second World War code-breaking and intelligence-analysing centre, (...)

Easter Rising 1916: Commemorative periods prompt much propaganda and education is essential to counteract it.

The Children and the Revolution supplement published in the Irish Times this week, along with the launch of the government’s 2016 education programme (...)

Marie-Louise Jennings, who has died aged 81, was best known to readers of Irish history as Marie-Louise Legg, the name under which she published most (...)

President George W Bush presents Robert Conquest with the presidential medal of freedom. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Among western historians of the Soviet Union, Robert Conquest, who has died aged 98, had a unique place. In 1989-1990 his account of the terror of the(...)

A production still from Gareth Kennedy’s The Last Wooden House of Kupchino. Photograph: Ekaterina Sytnik

Invented Tradition – Gareth Kennedy Galway Arts Centre **** The editors of the book The Invention of Tradition, historians Eric Hobsbawm and Te(...)

Soldiers of the 5th London Rifle Brigade with German Saxon regimental troops at Ploegsteert Wood during the Christmas Truce in 1914. Photograph:  Popperfoto/Getty Images

On the Western Front on December 24th 1914, thousands of soldiers from the British Expeditionary Forces, which included men from all parts of the i(...)