He is a British historian, writer and essayist, and Professor Emeritus of Comparative European History at Queen Mary College, University of London. Donald Sassoon is viewed as one of the top contemporary historians, and a great expert on European politics, culture and economics.
He was born in Cairo, and went to school in Paris, Milan and England, followed by university studies in London and the United States. He did his PhD under the supervision of Eric Hobsbawn and is the author of works such as One Hundred Years of Socialism, Mona Lisa: The History of the World’s Most Famous Painting, The Culture of the Europeans, Mussolini and the Rise of Fascism, and recently Morbid Symptoms. His books have been translated into twelve different languages, including Italian, Chinese, Korean and Estonian.
He has spoken at conferences in more than thirty countries and worked as a researcher and visiting professor at various universities and institutions around the world, including Innsbruck University, New York University, Boston College, Paris XIII, Queensland (Australia), Trento and Padua.
He won the Deutscher Memorial Prize (1997), the Premio Alassio Internazionale (2009), the Grand Prize (Korean Publishers 2013), the Premio Napoli Internazionale (2017), and the Acqui Storia Prize (which was awarded in October 2019). He has been a guest speaker about history, politics and culture on TV and radio programmes all over the world, including the BBC World Service, CNN, RAI, ZDF, the “Otto e mezzo” show on La 7, Swiss Italian Radio and various other radio and TV shows in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada and Korea. He has been interviewed by top newspapers in Italy, Greece, Japan, Estonia, Spain and France. For many years, he was the curator of the «La Storia in Piazza» festival in Genoa.
His latest book, The Anxious Triumph. A Global History of Capitalism, 1860-1914, published by Penguin (2019) will be published in Italy (Garzanti) and Spain (Planeta/Cultura) in 2020.
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