Eric Hobsbawm, British historian, dies aged 95
1 October 2012 Last updated at 23:25 BST
Eric Hobsbawm, one of Britain's most eminent historians, has died at the age of 95, his family have confirmed.
Mr Hobsbawm, whose works were shaped by a radical socialist outlook, wrote more than 30 books including History of the 20th Century and The Age of Extremes.
Nick Higham reports.