Denis Mack Smith, British historian, Died at 97


Denis Mack Smith was born on March 3, 1920 and died on July 11, 2017.

He was an English historian.

He was specializing in the history of Italy from the Risorgimento onwards.

Smith was best known for studies of Garibaldi and Cavour and of Mussolini, and for his single-volume Modern Italy: A Political History.

Denis was named Grand Official of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 1996.

He was a noted Emeritus Fellow at All Souls College at the University of Oxford since 1987, Mack Smith has been considered the world’s leading scholar on Italian history for the English world.

Smith belonged to the post-World War II generation of Cambridge historians, mostly based at Peterhouse, who learned to appreciate the primacy of documentary evidence.

Smith was an Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, and of Peterhouse, Cambridge. He received the Presidential Medal of Italy in 1984.

Denis Mack Smith passed away at 97 years old.