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Professor Paul Ginsborg, born in London in 1945, is a leading authority on contemporary Italy. He taught European Politics at Cambridge University, before moving to Italy in 1992 to take up the chair of Contemporary European History at the University of Florence. Among his many works is a biography of Silvio Berlusconi (2003), which reached the top of the Italian non-fiction bestseller charts, and the Politics of Everyday Life (2005). In recent years he has been at the forefront of Italian civil society’s mobilisation in defence of democracy. The major thread of research Professor Ginsborg is presently engaged in, is entitled Family Politics in the First Half of the 20th Century. It is a large, comparative and transnational piece of work on the relations between families, revolution and dictatorships. The countries examined are Russia – and then the Soviet Union, Turkey, Italy, Spain and Germany. The book is both political and social history and will be published by Yale and Einaudi in 2013.