Donald Sassoon, emeritus professor of comparative European history, was born in Cairo and educated in Paris, Milan, London and the US. He obtained degrees from University College London and Pennsylvania State University, and a doctorate from Birkbeck under Eric Hobsbawm’s supervision. He taught successively at Westfield College and Queen Mary University of London, until his retirement in 2012, but he also lectured at universities throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and North America and spoke at conferences in over forty countries. He is the author of many articles and editor of various academic journals. His books, which include classics such as One Hundred Years of Socialism (1996), Mona Lisa (2001), The Culture of the Europeans (2006) and Mussolini and the Rise of Fascism (2008), have been widely translated. He is currently working on a study of global capitalism, covering the period between 1880 and 1914.