Helen & Howard R. Marraro Prize
The Marraro Prize is one of three annual awards for the best book 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. The American Historical Association administers the competition for all three awards. See the list of past recipients. The general rules for submission are:
- Each award will be given for the book deemed best by the committee, which treats Italian history in any epoch, Italian cultural history, or Italian-American relations. Entries must be published in English.
- Books with a copyright of 2015 are eligible for the 2016 award.
- Nominators must complete an online prize submission form for each book submitted.
- One copy of each entry must be sent to each committee member and clearly labeled “Marraro Prize Entry.” Electronic copies may be sent only to committee members who have indicated they will accept them.
Please Note: Entries must be received by May 15, 2016, to be eligible for the 2016 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2016 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2017 AHA annual meeting in Denver.
For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.
The deadline for this year’s submissions has passed. Review committee contact information and the prize submission form for the next prize year will be posted by March 31.
2015 Marraro Prize
David I. Kertzer, Brown Univ.
The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe (Random House)
Kertzer has produced a compelling narrative based on previously unavailable documents from the Vatican archive. He reveals in new and surprising detail both the inner workings of the Vatican and the on-again-off-again relationship between Pius XI and Mussolini. Sensitive to the difficult situation in which the pope found himself, Kertzer nonetheless documents in no uncertain terms the role played by the church hierarchy in the promotion of both Italian fascism and that regime’s racial legislation.