Members and friends of the SIS will be sorry to hear of the death this week of Professor Christopher Duggan.
Christopher had taught Italian history at the University of Reading since 1987, following a BA and DPhil at Oxford. His books include: A History of Sicily, with M. I. Finley and D. Mack Smith (Chatto and Windus, 1986), Fascism and the Mafia (Yale University Press, 1989), A Concise History of Italy (Cambridge University Press, 1994), Francesco Crispi. From Nation to Nationalism (Oxford University Press, 2002), The Force of Destiny. A History of Italy since 1796 (Allen Lane, 2007), and most recently Fascist Voices. An Intimate History of Mussolini’s Italy (Bodley Head, 2012), which was named Political History Book of the Year at the Political Book Awards in February 2013. He was President of the Association for the Study of Modern Italy.
Christopher will be very much missed in Reading, and by the world of Italian Studies. Our thoughts, in particular, go out to his family at this time.