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
- One Hundred Years of Socialism (1000 pages, six translations)
- Mona Lisa (ten translations)
- The Culture of the Europeans, 1,660 pages (four translations)
- Mussolini and the Rise of Fascism (three translations)
- currently working on global capitalism in the period 1880-1914.
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.
- Literary Editor, The Political Quarterly (UK).
- Editorial Board of the Journal of Modern Italian Studies. (USA)
- International Academic Board of the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies
- Editorial Board of Studi Storici (Rome)
- Editorial Board Hermes (France) (Journal of Culture and Communications)
- Editorial Board of Thesis Eleven (Australia)
Appearances in the media
- I have contributed to and been interviewed for