A child in Vienna – Excerpt from the autobiography of the historian who is 90

What we still now about the time we lived in asks Hobsbawm in his autobiography, partly asking himself and partly the public, drawing attention to all self-confident not-knowing. "Who is this Trotsky anyhow?" illustrates him the not-knowing of that time. "He is only a young Jew called Bronstein," was the answer in cosmopolitan Vienna hanging on its past after its Empire has collapsed.