Britain's influential socialist historian, Eric Hobsbawm, dies at 95

Professor Eric Hobsbawm

Professor Eric Hobsbawm, the British historian and lifelong socialist, has died. He was 95.

Tuesday, 2 October, 2012, 3:52am

A history of squelching historians

You might think the life of a historian is boring, but certainly safe. Apart from a paper cut, how much danger can a historian ever face from his work?

That's not the case with China. Digging into the past can be perilous, even if all it means is browsing through old newspapers and books.

28 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Discussion points

The highlights

English-language novelists, poets, historians and non-fiction writers will discuss their works at the Hong Kong Book Fair in a series of public talks. Register at hkbookfair.hktdc.com. All sessions at the Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, unless otherwise noted.

July 20

17 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Historian takes Chinese University post

Chinese University yesterday announced the appointments of internationally known historian Hsiung Ping-chen as dean of arts, from July 2, and Wong Tak-jun as dean of business administration from next month. It also named paediatrics professor Fok Tai-fai as dean of medicine from November last year. The appointees will all serve initial terms of five years.

29 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

A Very Short History of the World

A Very Short History of the World

by Geoffrey Blainey

Penguin, HK$144

23 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

A Backpack and a Bit of Luck - Stories of a Traveller with No Sense of Direction

A Backpack and a Bit of Luck - Stories of a Traveller with No Sense of Direction

by Zhang Su Li

Marshall Cavendish, HK$99

1 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Great minds meld matters of fact and fiction

'As a fiction writer I'm in the business of writing lies that are believable, that will elevate the reader to consider some aspect of human nature,' historical novelist Kunal Basu told a 220-strong festival audience at Olympic House. 'I'm not a historian. I think about stories. My starting point is a story that forms in my mind.

19 Mar 2006 - 12:00am


Early Hong Kong Brothels

7 Apr 2004 - 12:00am