Paul Ginsborg was educated at Queens’ College Cambridge, where he graduated in History in 1966. He taught in Cambridge for many years and became a Fellow of Churchill College and Reader in European Politics.
From 1992 until 2015 he held the Chair of Contemporary European History at the University of Florence. Over the last fifteen years he has played an active role in Italian civil society and in defense of Italian democracy. In 2006 the British Academy awarded him the Serena Medal for his studies on Italian history. In 2014 he won the Premio Viareggio and in March 2015 he was made an Honorary Fellow of Queens’ College, Cambridge.
His work has been translated into many languages.
Among his publications are:
- A History of Contemporary Italy (Penguin 1990)
- Italy and its Discontents (Allen Lane 2001)
- Berlusconi (Verso 2003)
- The Politics of Everyday Life (Yale 2005)
- Democracy. Crisis and Renewal (Profile 2008)
- Salviamo l’Italia (Einaudi 2010)
- Family Politics. Domestic Life, Devastation and Survival, 1900-1950 (Yale 2014).