Denis Mack Smith

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Denis Mack Smith CBE FBA FRSL (3 March 192011 July 2017) was a British historian. He has written many books and articles on the history of Italy from the Risorgimento onwards. He wrote biographies of famous Italians in history: Giuseppe Garibaldi, Camillo Cavour, Vittorio Emanuele II and Benito Mussolini. He was born in London.[1]

Career[change | change source]

Between 1942 and 1945, Smith was an officer in the British War Cabinet.[2] From 1947 to 1962 he was a fellow, tutor and lecturer at the University of Cambridge.[3] From 1962 to 1987 he was a Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford.[3] He is an Honorary Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford and of Peterhouse, Cambridge.[3]

Smith died on 11 July 2017 in London at the age of 97.[4]

Bibliography[change | change source]

  • Cavour and Garibaldi, 1860: A Study in Political Conflict, 1954.
  • Garibaldi: A Great Life in Brief, 1956.
  • Italy: A Modern History, 1958, revised 1969, completely revised and reprinted as Modern Italy: A Political History, 1997.
  • A History of Sicily, with Moses Finley, in two volumes, Medieval Sicily 800-1713 and Modern Sicily after 1713, 1968; abridged and reprinted as the single volume A History of Sicily with Moses Finley and Christopher Duggan, 1986.
  • The Making of Italy, 1796-1870, 1968 (editor), reprinted as The Making of Italy, 1796-1866, 1988.
  • Great Lives Observed: Garibaldi, 1969 (editor).
  • Victor Emanuel, Cavour and the Risorgimento, 1971.
  • Vittorio Emanuele II, 1975.
  • Mussolini's Roman Empire (Le guerre del Duce), 1976.
  • Mussolini, 1981.
  • Cavour, 1985.
  • Il Risorgimento italiano. Storia e testi, 1987.
  • Italy and its Monarchy, 1989.
  • Mazzini, 1994.
  • La storia manipolata, 1998.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Denis Mack Smith". Goodreads Inc. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  2. "Mack Smith, Denis." Writers Directory 2005 (Gale, 2004). HighBeam Research. 21 Jan. 2015 <>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Denis Mack Smith". All Souls College. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  4. Morto lo storico Denis Mack Smith L’Italia vista da un liberal inglese