Assoc. Prof Nick Carter
Before joining ACU in mid-2013, Associate Professor Nick Carter was formerly Head of History at University of Wales, Newport (UK), 2010-13, and Head of History at De Montfort University, Leicester (UK), 2001-04. Nick 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 Italy in a transnational context. Nick is also the reviews editor for Modern Italy, the journal of the Association for the Study of Modern Italy, and a member of the ASMI national executive.
(ed.) Britain, Ireland and the Italian Risorgimento (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)
Modern Italy in Historical Perspective, 1870-Present (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2010)
Reviews of Modern Italy:
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. In a single volume, Carter combines a succinct but informative survey of the current scholarship on Italian political, economic and socio-cultural history since 1870 with a thorough analysis and assessment of the changing and competing schools of interpretation that have battled over its meaning and significance […] As the seventy pages of end notes and bibliography attest, his findings rest upon a deep immersion in an enormous body of literature’ (Anthony L. Cardoza, Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 18: 4, 2013).
‘[An] instant classic alongside works by [Richard] Bosworth, [Denis] Mack Smith and [Paul] Ginsborg’ (Australian Journal of Politics and History).
‘A fine work […] I can see Modern Italy in Historical Perspective becoming a classic work’ (Reader’s report on the manuscript).
‘I do not think there is anything else like this available […] indispensable for any course on modern Italy’ (Maurizio Isabella, School of History, Queen Mary, University of London).
‘Enlightening […] a very fine book’ (Alan O’Leary, School of Modern Languages and Cultures (Italian), University of Leeds).
(With Vera Zamagni, Giovanni Federico and Brian A’Hearn), ‘The Economy of Liberal Italy: A roundtable discussion of Stefano Fenoaltea’s The Reinterpretation of Italian Economic History’, Modern Italy, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2013
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 long-standing and deepening Italian ambivalence towards ‘historic’ Fascism through a multiple case study analysis of the post-war ‘afterlives’ of surviving examples of Fascist art, architecture and urban design in Rome. The main aim of the project is to understand the relationship between the material cultural legacy of 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 perceptions and memories of Fascism and Fascist material culture continue to influence the political culture and practices of liberalism and democracy in the country. The project is the subject of an ARC Discovery grant application in 2015.
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.
Executive Officer, Association for the Study of Modern Italy (ASMI).
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