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    Historians are to nationalism what poppy-growers in Pakistan are to heroin-addicts: we supply the essential raw material for the market.
    Eric J. Hobsbawm (b. 1917)

    Xenophobia looks like becoming the mass ideology of the 20th-century fin-de-si├Ęcle. What holds humanity together today is the denial of what the human race has in common.
    —Eric J. Hobsbawm (b. 1917)