The late Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm recounts the origins of International Workers’ Day. “The priests have their festivals,” announced a 1891 May Day broadsheet, “the Moderates have their festivals. The First of May is the Festival of the workers of the entire world.”
Eric Hobsbawm was a British historian of the rise of industrial capitalism, socialism and nationalism. His best-known works include The Age of Revolution, The Age of Capital, The Age of Empire and The Age of Extremes.