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Assoc. Prof Nick Carter Name: Assoc. Prof Nick Carter
Associate Professor (Modern History)
+612 9701 4587
Organisational Area
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Arts (NSW)
Building 540 - Mary MacKillop Place (7 Mount Street, North Sydney NSW 2060)-Level 2-Room 540.2.14
Biographical Information

Nick Carter is Associate Professor in Modern History. Before joining ACU in July 2013, he was Head of History at the University of Wales, Newport (UK), 2010-13, and Head of History at De Montfort University, Leicester (UK), 2001-04. He has held Visiting Fellowships at the University of Southampton (UK), the University of New South Wales and Monash University. He is a specialist in nineteenth and twentieth century Italian history and historiography, including the Italian Risorgimento in transnational context and the management and memory of Fascist monuments, monumental art and architecture in postwar Italy. A/Prof Carter has also written and published on the topic of Britain's difficult relationship with the European Uniion. His research has been published in leading international academic presses and journals in the UK and Italy. He is a fully accredited supervisor at ACU (For further details of A/Prof Carter's research click here.)

A/Prof Carter is currently (2020) Higher Degree Research coordinator in the Faculty of Education and Arts at ACU. He was Director, International in the Faculty, 2015-2018. He is also National Course Coordinator (Global Studies and International Development Studies) in the National School of Arts and is a member of the University's Human Research Ethics Committee.

A/Prof Carter has won numerous awards for learning and teaching including Australian Awards for University Teaching, Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, 2018 (awarded 2019, joint recipient with Dr Duncan Cook) ACU Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2018 (jointly with Dr Duncan Cook and Dr Chris Matthew) and Faculty of Education and Arts Learning Innovations Award, 2015 (with Dr Duncan Cook and Dr Chris Matthew).




Carter, N. (ed.) (2015) Britain, Ireland and the Italian Risorgimento, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Selected Reviews: 'Innovative, sophisticated and multi-dimensional.' Eugenio Biagini (University of Cambridge), Modern Italy, 21(1), 2016.

Carter, N. (2010) Modern Italy in Historical Perspective, 1870-Present, London: Bloomsbury Academic. Selected Reviews: 'The austere title of this book does not do justice to the scope and range of the subjects and issues that are examined within its pages. As the seventy pages of endnotes and bibliography attest, his findings rest upon a deep immersion in an enormous body of literature.' Anthony Cardoza, Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 18(4), 2013 'Carter's book is a work ... which well deserves translation into Italian and taking its place as an instant classic alongside works by [Richard] Bosworth, [Denis] Mack Smith and [Paul] Ginsborg.' Luisa Morretin, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 59(1), 2013.

Journal articles:

Carter, N. (2019) 'Mazzini and Education', Annali di storia dell'educazione e delle istituzioni scolastiche, 26, pp. 6-26.

Carter, N. (2019). 'The Meaning of Monuments: Remembering Italo Balbo in Italy and the United States', Modern Italy, 24 (2): 219-235.

Carter, N., and Martin, S. (2019). 'Dealing with Difficult Heritage: Italy and the Material Legacies of Fascism, Modern Italy, 24 (2): 117-122.

Carter, N., and Martin, S. (2017) 'The management and memory of fascist monumental art in postwar and contemporary Italy: the case of Luigi Montanarini's Apotheosis of Fascism', Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 22(3): 338-364.

Carter, N., Zamagni, V., Federico, G., and A'Hearn, B. (2013) 'The Economy of Liberal Italy: A Roundtable Discussion', Modern Italy, 18(1): 81-94.

Carter, N. (2011) 'Rethinking the Italian Liberal State', Bulletin of Italian Politics, 3(2): 225-245.

Book chapters:

Carter, N (2019) 'Playing the liberal game: Sir James Hudson in Italy, 1852-1885', in M. Suonpää and O. Wright (eds.), Diplomacy and Intelligence in the Nineteenth-Century Mediterranean World, London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Carter, N. (2015) 'Introduction: Britain, Ireland and the Italian Risorgimento' in N. Carter (ed.) Britain, Ireland and the Italian Risorgimento, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 1-32. Selected Reviews: 'The best and most balanced current critical overview of the now extensive bodies of older and more recent literature.' John A. Davis, Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 21(4), 2016 'Remarkably dense and erudite.' Giuseppe Finaldi, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 62(1), 2016.

Carter, N. (2012) 'Sir James Hudson nella diplomazia inglese nella seconda metà dell'Ottocento', in E. Greppi and E. Pagella (eds.), Sir James Hudson nel Risorgimento italiano, Soveria Mannelli: Rubbettino, 131-158.




Nick's research is focussed on two areas: the Italian Risorgimento in transnational context, with a particular focus on British and Irish responses to Italian unification, and the post-war material cultural legacy of Italian Fascism.

The Italian Risorgimento in transnational context: Nick is the editor of Britain, Ireland and the Italian Risorgimento (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). The book brings together a team of international scholars working in and across a range of academic disciplines in order to examine British and Irish responses to the Italian national question in the mid-nineteenth century, and the impact of the Risorgimento on mid-century British and Irish politics, society and culture. The book also considers British attitudes towards Italy in the decades immediately following Italian unification, and Italian views of Ireland and Britain during and after the Irish War of Independence, 1919-21. The book focusses on two key themes: nineteenth- and early twentieth-century nationalism and the construction of national identity (British, Irish and Italian) and the roles of religion, exile, politics and culture in shaping nationalist movements and national identities (both internally and externally perceived). 

The material cultural legacy of Fascism: This project examines the post-war & afterlives of surviving examples of Fascist art, architecture and urban design in Italy. The main aim of the project is to understand the relationship between the 'difficult heritage' of Italian Fascism and the popular memory of the regime since 1945. The project has considerable implications for contemporary Italian society in terms of assessing the degree to which the management of and memories attached to the physical remains of Fascism inform, influence or reflect broader attitudes towards the Fascist dictatorship. A/Prof. Carter's research on the difficult heritage of Fascism has been published in the leading international journals of modern Italian history (Modern Italy Journal of Modern Italian Studies). He co-guest edited a special issue of Modern Italy on the issue in 2019. For further details click here


Associate Professor Carter has worked in the university sector since 1991, and has extensive experience of Higher Education in both the UK and Australia. Nick began his academic career as a Lecturer in Modern European History at De Montfort University, Leicester (UK). He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1999 and became Head of Department in 2001. As Head, he successfully guided History at DMU through internal review and currciulum redesign. Nick left DMU in 2004 and subsequently worked as an e-learning consultant at the University of Northampton, a history lecturer at the University of South Wales and a lecturer in International Relations at Macquarie University, before returning to the UK in 2009 to take up a post at the University of Wales, Newport. Nick became Head of History at UWN in 2010. He took up his current post at ACU in 2013.     

Professional Memberships

Association for the Study of Modern Italy (ASMI).  


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