Professor Donald Sassoon

Emeritus Professor of Comparative European History

I was born in Cairo and educated in Paris, Milan, London and the USA. I obtained degrees from UCL and Penn State, and my PhD from Birkbeck under Eric Hobsbawm’s supervision. I taught at Queen Mary/ Westfield College all my life but also lectured at universities throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, and spoken at conferences in over forty countries.


I am the author of over 100 articles. My books, which include One Hundred Years of Socialism, Mona Lisa, and The Culture of the Europeans, have been translated into 15 languages.  I am currently working on global capitalism c.1880 to 1914

Postgraduate supervision 



Publications since 2008:

  • ‘L’Europa che non c’è’ in Passato e Presente, Vol. xxviii No. 79, 2010, pp.143-154
  • ‘Misunderstanding Europe’ in Comprendre No 2, 2010, pp.195-202
  • ‘Abandoning the Welfare State. The Unbearable Heaviness of Being European’ in Beijing Cultural Review April 2012, pp.88-96
  • ‘Keeping Down the Demos’ review article in  History Workshop Journal (Autumn 2012) 74(1): 256-264
  • ‘The Impenitent. Hobsbawm 1917-2012’ in New Left Review 77, Sept-Oct 2012, pp.35-42
  • ‘Le ragioni degli storici’ in Roberto Finzi and Paolo Zellini (eds), Forme della ragione, CLUEB Bologna 2008 ISBN 978-88-491-3105-5
  • ‘Das soziale Europa und die europäische Identität’ in Thomas Meyer and Johanna Eisenberg (eds), Europäische Identität als Projekt. Innen –und Aussbensichten, Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, Wiesbaden 2009  ISBN: 978-3-531-15781-8
  • Preface to Giuseppe Mazzini, Dei Doveri dell’uomo, Rizzoli, Milan 2010, pp.5-17  ISBN 978-88-17-03870-6
  • ‘The Anxious Triumph of Capitalism’ in On Capitalism edited by Kurt Almqvist and Alexander Linklater, Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation, Perspectives from the 2010 Engelsberg seminar , Stockholm 2010, pp. 53-72
  • I buoni e i cattivi nella cultura popolare, Aragno editoreTurin 2012 (lecture published in book format, pp.60
  • ‘L’exception italienne?’ in Mario Telò, Giulia Sandri and Luca Tomini (eds), L’état de la démocratie en Italie, Éditions de l’université de Bruxelles,  Bruxelles 2013, pp.21-32


Various prizes in UK, Italy and South Korea.  Curator of History Festival in Genoa.

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