Big Question

October 26, 2008

In a 1972 article Eric Hobsbawm noted that ‘Clearly the sense of belonging to an age-old tradition of rebellion provides emotional satisfaction, but how and why?’ That is the big question I am struggling with at the moment.

[I haven’t worked out how to do footnotes yet, but the article was ‘The Social Functions of the Past: Some Questions’, Past and Present 55 (1972), pp. 3-17]