Eric Hobsbawm was born in 1917 and educated in Vienna, Berlin, London and Cambridge. From 1947-1982 Hobsbawm was Professor of Economic and Social History at Birbeck College, University of London. He also taught at Stanford, MIT, Cornell, and the New School for Social Research from 1982-2001. A Fellow of the British Academy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is the author of more than 20 books of history including The Age of Revolution, The Age of Capital, The Age of Empire, and The Age of Extremes. He lives in London with his wife, Marlene.