David Harvey Interview: Conversations with History; Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley

A Geographer's Perspective on the New  American Imperialism: Conversation with David Harvery, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, CUNY; March 2, 2004, by Harry Kreisler

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Background

David, welcome to Berkeley.

Thank you.

Where were you born and raised?

A place called Jillingham, Kent, about thirty miles outside of London.

Looking back, how do you think your parents shaped your thinking about the world?

I was raised in World War II, and my father was in the dockyard repairing ships, so I got a very close-up view of the military activities that were going on during World War II as a kid. A lot about relations to the world and the British presence in the world, and what that was all about, from a very early age.

Where were you educated?

In Jillingham. High school.

And at the university level?

I went to Cambridge. I got a scholarship to Cambridge, and stayed there and did my Ph.D.

What led you to geography?

Partly what I've already mentioned: since my father was close to the navy and the naval tradition, I always thought from an early age that knowing the world and sailing the world was very important. I was always drawn to the idea of knowledge of the world.

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