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Christopher Duggan

Professor of Italian History, University of Reading

hristopher Duggan has written and researched extensively on many aspects of modern Italian history, and his books include. A History of Sicily, with M. I. Finley and D. Mack Smith (Chatto and Windus, 1986), Fascism and the mafia (Yale University Press, 1989), A concise history of Italy (Cambridge University Press, 1994) and Francesco Crispi. From nation to nationalism (Oxford University Press, 2002). These have all been translated into Italian. He is currently working on a major new history of Italy, commissioned by Penguin, which aims to explore how ideas of the Italian nation developed from the time of the French Revolution and how the country’s leaders attempted to convert these ideas into political reality in the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has supervised doctorates on a broad range of topics relating to the political, social and cultural history of modern Italy.

He is also Director of the Centre for Modern Italian History


  • –present
    Head of School of Literature & Languages, University of Reading