Thank you for articles of great interest on Eugene Genovese (“Up from Leftism,” November 14, 2011) and Eric Hobsbawm (“The Tyrants’ Historian,” October 29, 2012).
It would have been illuminating to compare them in a single article. One used the methods of Marxism to uncover much that had long been hidden about the Old South, the Civil War, and Reconstruction, while the other used Marxist emotionalism and infantilism to defend Stalinism and its crimes and criminals.
During my 38 years on a university faculty of history, I heard more praise of Hobsbawm than of Genovese.
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