Denis Mack Smith

Denis Mack Smith CBE FBA FRSL (born 3 March 1920 in London) is an English historian, specialising in the history of Italy from the Risorgimento onwards. He is best known for studies of Garibaldi and Cavour and of Mussolini, and for his single-volume Modern Italy: A Political History. He was named Grand Official of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 1996.[1]

An Emeritus Fellow at All Souls College at the University of Oxford since 1987, Mack Smith is considered the world’s leading scholar on Italian history for the English world. [2] He belongs to the post-World War II generation of Cambridge historians, mostly based at the Peterhouse, who learned to appreciate the primacy of documentary evidence. [3] He is an Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, and of Peterhouse, Cambridge. He received the Presidential Medal of Italy in 1984. [4].



  1. Quirinale honorific page
  2. "Denis Mack Smith and the Third Italy," (book review), reviewed work: Italy and Its Monarchy by Denis Mack Smith, review by: Richard Bosworth, The International History Review, Vol. 12, No. 4, November 1990, p. 782
  3. Lucy Riall (1999), Kelly Boyd, ed., Encyclopedia of Historians & Historical Writing, Vol. 2, M-Z, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, p. 751
  4. All Souls College at University of Oxford

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