Historian Eric Hobsbawm dies at 95

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LONDON (AP) - Eric Hobsbawm, one of Britain's most eminent historians, has died at the age of 95. 

Daughter Julia Hobsbawm said Monday that her father died overnight at a London hospital. He had been suffering from pneumonia. 

Hobsbawm's experience as a schoolboy in Germany in the 1930s cemented his left-wing views. He joined the Communist Party in England in 1936 and stayed a member for decades, though he became disillusioned with the Soviet Union. 

In 1962, Hobsbawm published the first of three volumes covering the "long 19th century," spanning the period 1789 to 1914. A later volume, "Age of Extremes," took the story forward to 1991. 

His final book, "How to Change the World," appeared in 2011. 

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