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.
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.