Eric Hobsbawm was born in Alexandria in 1917 and educated in Austria, Germany and England. He was a Fellow of the British Academy and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Foreign Member of the Japan Academy, with honorary degrees from universities in several countries. He taught until retirement at Birkbeck College, University of London, and then at the New School for Social Research in New York. In addition to The Age of Revolution, The Age of Capital, The Age of Empire and The Age of Extremes, his books include Bandits, Revolutionaries, Uncommon People, his memoir Interesting Times, Globalisation, Democracy and Terrorism and How to Change the World. Eric Hobsbawm died in 2012.