This image made available Monday Oct. 1, 2012 by Birkbeck, University of London shows British historian Eric Hobsbawm in September, 2012 at his house in London. Eric Hobsbawm, who died early Monday Oct. 1. 2012 aged 95, was honored as one of Britain's most distinguished historians, despite retaining an allegiance to the Communist Party that lasted long after many supporters had left in disgust. He was read by generations of students and revered for his ability to make history come alive, using his socialist perspective to tell stories from the peoples' point of view. (AP Photo/John Moore, Birkbeck, University of London, HO)

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This image made available Monday Oct. 1, 2012 by Birkbeck, University of London shows British historian Eric Hobsbawm in September, 2012 at his house in London.  Eric Hobsbawm, who died early Monday Oct. 1. 2012 aged 95, was honored as one of Britain's most distinguished historians, despite retaining an allegiance to the Communist Party that lasted long after many supporters had left in disgust. He was read by generations of students and revered for his ability to make history come alive, using his socialist perspective to tell stories from the peoples' point of view.  (AP Photo/John Moore, Birkbeck, University of London, HO)
This image made available Monday Oct. 1, 2012 by Birkbeck, University of London shows British historian Eric Hobsbawm in September, 2012 at his house in London. Eric Hobsbawm, who died early Monday Oct. 1. 2012 aged 95, was honored as one of Britain's most distinguished historians, despite retaining an allegiance to the Communist Party that lasted long after many supporters had left in disgust. He was read by generations of students and revered for his ability to make history come alive, using his socialist perspective to tell stories from the peoples' point of view. (AP Photo/John Moore, Birkbeck, University of London, HO)
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