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