Dr Nick Carter - Nat Sch of Arts (Faculty of Education and Arts)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


Nick Carter is Associate Professor in Modern History. Before joining ACU in July 2013, he was formerly 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 Union.

In 2013, the Australian Journal of Politics and History declared his book Modern Italy in Historical Perspective (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2010) an 'instant classic alongside works by [Richard] Bosworth, [Denis] Mack Smith and [Paul] Ginsborg.' His edited book, Britain, Ireland and the Italian Risorgimento, was published in 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan. The book has been described by Eugenio Biagini (Cambridge University) as an 'innovative, sophisticated and multi-dimensional reappraisal of some of the key aspects of this fascinating page of transnational history'.

Nick's current research examines the material legacies and memories of Italian Fascism in the postwar and contemporary periods.


Phone :4587 (Strathfield)
Email :nick.carter@acu.edu.au
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Research Interests

Fascist-era monuments in postwar Italy ; Modern Italian historiography ; The Italian Risorgimento in transnational context ; Briiain and European integration ;

Methods Expertise

archival research ; Political History ; Social History ; Cultural History ; Critical Toponymy ; Transnational History ; Monumentalism ;

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Selected Publications


Mazzini and Education, in Annali di storia dell'educazione e delle istituzioni scolastiche, vol. 26, pp. 6-26.

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

Dealing with Difficult Heritage: Italy and the Material Legacies of Fascism, in Modern Italy, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 117-122. (Joint author with Simon Martin.)

The Meaning of Monuments: Remembering Italo Balbo in Italy and the United States, in Modern Italy, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 219-235.


The Management and Memory of Fascist Monumental Art in Postwar and Contemporary Italy: The Case of Luigi Montanarini's Apotheosis of Fascism, in Journal of Modern Italian Studies, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 338-364. (Joint author with Simon Martin.)


Introduction: Britain, Ireland and the Italian Risorgimento, in N. Carter (ed.), Britain, Ireland and the Italian Risorgimento, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-32.

Britain, Ireland and the Italian Risorgimento (ed.)


The Economy of Liberal Italy: A roundtable discussion of Stefano Fenoaltea's 'The Reinterpretation of Italian Economic History', in Modern Italy, vol.18, no.1, pp. 81-94. (Co-author.)


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


Rethinking the Italian Liberal State, in Bulletin of Italian Politics, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 225-245.


Modern Italy in Historical Perspective, London: Bloomsbury Academic

Other information

Praise for Modern Italy in Historical Perspective:

Carter's book is a work...which well deserves translation into Italian and taking its place as an instant classic alongside works [Richard] Bosworth, [Denis] Mack Smith and [Paul] Ginsborg. (Luisa Morettin, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 59:1, 2013).

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).

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).

Praise for Britain, Ireland and the Italian Risorgimento:

[Carter's chapter] offers the best and most balanced current critical overview of the now extensive bodies of older and more recent literature. The inclusion of Ireland is an obvious merit, and does more than correct a glaring and longstanding omission. To view British reactions to the Risorgimento through the triangular relationships between Britain, Ireland and Italy is, of course, to be aware how deeply the 'Irish Question' colored all British perceptions of the Risorgimento. But, as Nick Carter points out, Ireland's divided responses to the Italian national cause mirrored those in England, Scotland and Wales, where Italy was more likely to divide than unite British public opinion. (John A. Davis, Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 21, 4, 2016: 681).

Nick Carter has assembled a team including British, Irish and Italian historians, who have produced an innovative, sophisticated and multi-dimensional reappraisal of some of the key aspects of this fascinating page of transnational history. (Eugenio Biagini, Modern Italy, 21:1, 2016).