John Dickie (historian)

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Professor John Dickie (born 1963) is a British author, historian and academic who specialises in Italy.

Born in Dundee, he was brought up in Leicestershire and went to Loughborough Grammar School. He studied Modern Languages at Pembroke College, Oxford, obtaining a Bachelor's degree with first class honours. He continued his studies at the University of Sussex, completing a Master's degree and becoming a Doctor of Philosophy. He is Professor of Italian Studies at University College London, where he has taught since 1993.

Dickie is the author of various books: Darkest Italy. The Nation and Stereotypes of the Mezzogiorno, 1860-1900 (New York, 1999), Cosa Nostra: A History Of The Sicilian Mafia (2004),[1] Delizia! The Epic History of Italians and their Food (2007), Una catastrofe patriottica. 1908: il terremoto di Messina (A Patriotic Catastrophe. 1908: The Earthquake of Messina, Rome, 2008), Blood Brotherhoods: the Rise of the Italian Mafias (2011) and Mafia Republic: Italy's Criminal Curse. Cosa Nostra, 'Ndrangheta and Camorra from 1946 to the Present (2014).

He states his research interests as "Representations of the Italian South, Italian nationalism and national identities, cultural history of liberal Italy, cultural and critical theory, organized crime, Italian food."

In 2005 President of the Italian Republic awarded him the Commendatore dell'Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana (Commander of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity), an Italian knighthood.[2]

In 2005 he married the author Sarah Penny; they have three children.


  1. ^ Vulliamy, Ed (15 February 2004). "The Observer review: Sins of the godfathers". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  2. ^ King, Carol (18 July 2012). "Interview with John Dickie". Italy Magazine. Retrieved 26 March 2018.

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