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Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge

John Pollard's research and teaching interests include the history of Italy and the papacy (especially its diplomacy and finances) in the 19th and 20th centuries, fascist and neo-fascist movements (particularly the ideology of present-day neo-Nazism), and political and social Catholicism.

His most recent book: The Papacy in the Age of Totalitarianism, 1914-1958, was published by OUP in 2014.

Other key publications include:

The Vatican and Italian Fascism, 1929-1932: A Study in Conflict, CUP, 1985
Papal Diplomacy in the Modern Age, edited with Peter Kent, Praeger, 1994
The Fascist Experience in Italy, Routledge, 1998
The Unknown Pope: Benedict XV(1914-1922) and the Pursuit of Peace, Geoffrey Chapman, 1999(published by Edizioni S. Paolo, 2001, as Il Papa Sconosciuto)
Money and the Rise of the Modern Papacy: Financing the Vatican, 1850-1950, CUP, 2004(published by Corbaccio, Milan, 2006, as L'Obolo di Pietro: Le finanze del papato moderno, 1850-1950 and by Merlusina, Barcelona, 2007, as El Vaticano y sus banqueros
Catholicism in Modern Italy: Religion, Society and Politics since 1861, Routledge, 2008
'Fascism and Catholicism', in R.J.B. Bosworth(ed.), The Handbook of Fascism, OUP, 2009
'Fascism and Religion', in A. Costa Pinto(ed.), Re-thinking the Nature of Fascism: Comparative Perspectives, Palgrave MacMillan, 2011


  • –present
    Fellow of Trinity Hall, Lecturer in History, University of Cambridge