Helen & Howard R. Marraro Prize Recipients
The American Historical Association’s Marraro Prize is one of three annual awards for the best book or article on Italy established by Howard R. Marraro (b. 1897), a historian of Italian culture. Marraro made bequests to the American Historical Association, the American Catholic Historical Association, and the Society for Italian Historical Studies to allow each association to award a prize in Italian history in any epoch, in Italian cultural history, or in Italian American relations. All submissions must be the work of resident citizens of the United States or Canada.
2014 Marraro Prize
Nicholas Terpstra, Univ. of Toronto
Cultures of Charity: Women, Politics, and the Reform of Poor Relief in Renaissance Italy (Harvard Univ. Press)
Drawing on his deep knowledge of Bologna’s archives and his decades of anthropologically inflected work on confraternities, Terpstra analyzes a series of social experiments in public welfare, as women’s life-cycle poverty compelled the attention of politically anxious male elites. This humane and engaging study of collective action revises how historians understand early modern European poor relief, and provides a supple model for investigating pragmatic and aestheticized responses to the poor in other times and places.