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Norman Cohn was born in London and educated at Christ Church, Oxford. After many years of university teaching, during which he wrote The Pursuit of the Millennium and Warrant for Genocide, he was invited to direct an international research project on genocide under the auspices of the University of Sussex, where he was appointed Astor-Wolfson Professor of History. He also helped to establish the Centre for Genocide Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. His historical works have appeared in many editions throughout the world. A Fellow of both the Royal Historical Society and the British Academy, he died in 2007 at the age of 92. The obituary in the New York Times praised his 'crisp writing', 'meticulous research' and 'gift for seeing old stories with new eyes'. As Isaiah Berlin acknowledged when recommending him for election as a fellow of the British Academy, Norman Cohn was one of the greatest of all modern historians.