Helen & Howard R. Marraro Prize
The Marraro Prize is one of three annual awards for the best book on Italy established by Howard R. Marraro (b. 1897), a historian of Italian culture. Marraro made bequests to the American Historical Association, the American Catholic Historical Association, and the Society for Italian Historical Studies to allow each association to award a prize. The American Historical Association administers the competition for all three awards. See the list of past recipients. The general rules for submission are:
- Each award will be given for the book deemed best by the committee, which treats Italian history in any epoch, Italian cultural history, or Italian-American relations. Entries must be published in English.
- Books with an imprint of 2014 are eligible for the 2015 award.
- Nominators must complete an online Prize Submission Form for each book submitted.
- One copy of each entry must be sent to each of the committee members and clearly labeled “Marraro Prize Entry.” Electronic copies may be sent only to committee members who have indicated they will accept them.
Please Note: Entries must be postmarked or transmitted by May 15, 2015, to be eligible for the 2015 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced at the January 2016 AHA annual meeting in Atlanta.
For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.
Review committee contact information and the Prize Submission Form for the next prize year will be posted by March 31.
2014 Marraro Prize
Nicholas Terpstra, Univ. of Toronto
Cultures of Charity: Women, Politics, and the Reform of Poor Relief in Renaissance Italy (Harvard Univ. Press)
Drawing on his deep knowledge of Bologna’s archives and his decades of anthropologically inflected work on confraternities, Terpstra analyzes a series of social experiments in public welfare, as women’s life-cycle poverty compelled the attention of politically anxious male elites. This humane and engaging study of collective action revises how historians understand early modern European poor relief, and provides a supple model for investigating pragmatic and aestheticized responses to the poor in other times and places.