Donald Sassoon is Emeritus Professor of Comparative European History at Queen Mary, University of London. He was born in Cairo and educated in Paris, Milan, London and the USA. He obtained his PhD under Eric Hobsbawm’s supervision. His landmark books, which include One Hundred Years of Socialism, Mona Lisa, Mussolini and the Rise of Fascism and The Culture of the Europeans, have been translated into 15 languages. He is currently writing The Anxious Triumph, a history of global capitalism from 1880 to 1914.