Dr Massimo Asta

Research Associate
Affiliated Lecturer
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Dr Massimo Asta

I am an historian of modern and contemporary European history, with a particular focus on twentieth century France, United Kingdom and Italy. My research interests include history of economic thought, intellectuals, labour history and left politics.

Luigi Salvatorelli Foundation’s Research Grant 2012.

Spadolini Nuova Antologia Prize - Ph.D. thesis Award 2013.

Fernand Braudel Postdoctoral Fellowship (IFER) - Maison des Sciences de l’Homme of Paris - Sciences Po 2012-2013.

Research in Paris Postdoctoral Fellowship - University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne 2015-2016.

Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellowship - University of Cambridge 2019-2021 Supervisor: Pedro Ramos Pinto

Isaac Newton Trust, Research Grant - University of Cambridge 2021-2022

FCT Research Associate - Instituto de História Contemporânea NOVA FCSH Lisbon 2022-2028

Sciences Po, Paris 

January 2017-December 2018 - Undergraduate level.

 

University of Cambridge

History & Politics Part IB 

Long essay 'How and to what extent did the ‘Keynesian Revolution’ shape the economies of Western Europe after Second World War?'

History Part I :

Supervisor Paper 18 'European History Since 1890'

Co-Convenor Labour History Cluster

MPhil Economic and Social History

Convenor of 'History of Economic Thought' (option Paper)

PhD Supervision

Arvand Mirsafian, A struggle for production: workers and politics of rationalization in Sweden in the 1930s

 

 

 

My current research explores the interweaving between engagement, profession and economic ideas in order to better understand how the identity and the role of economists in society are shaped and evolve. It adopts a transnational-comparative prosopographical, both qualitative and quantitative, approach, taking as its focus the economists’ political commitment in France, United Kingdom and Italy from the 1870s to the 1930s.

I welcome inquiries from students wishing to work on modern and contemporary French and Italian history with particular interest in politics and economy, including on topics of political parties, social movement, economic and social policies. I am also interested in advising students on biographical and prosopographical approaches, and social history of intellectuals and knowledge.

Early Career Researcher Commitee Faculty of history, University of Cambridge

Liaison for the Economic and Social History graduate workshop, University of Cambridge

Convenor Labour History Cluster, University of Cambridge 

 

Public Engagement

Newspaper columnist il Fatto Quotidiano

Contact

Tags & Themes

Address

School of Humanities & Social Sciences

17 Mill Lane

Cambridge CB2 1RX

Email
ma888@cam.ac.uk

Key Publications

Books:

Girolamo Li Causi, un rivoluzionario del Novecento (1896-1977), Roma, Carocci, 2017, p. 327.

(reviews in Twentieth Century CommunismRicerche di Storia PoliticaItalia ContemporaneaMondo ContemporaneoHistoire-Politiqueil Mestiere di Storico, and newspapers il Manifestoil Fatto Quotidiano).

and Pedro Ramos Pinto, eds., The Value of Work since the 18th Century. Theory, Measurement, Custom and Conflict, London, Bloomsbury, forthcoming.

 

Articles, Book Chapters and Dictionary entries:

Economists, economic thought and politics

‘Il quaderno di Girolamo Li Causi sul capitale finanziario italiano’, Studi Storici, 52, (3), 2011, p. 639-679.

‘Une évolution inachevée. Les partis communistes français et italien face au gouvernement de l’économie, 1944-1947’, Histoire@Politique. Politique, Culture, Société, 24, (3), 2014, pp. 51-71.

 ‘Jean Pronteau’, C. Pennetier, P. Boulland, eds., Dictionnaire biographique mouvement ouvrier mouvement social, t. 10, 1940-1968 de la seconde guerre mondiale à mai 1968, Paris, Ed. de l’Atelier, 2014.

‘Economisti e partito. L’expertise economica nel partito comunista italiano e francese, 1945-1960’, Studi Storici, (1), 2016, p. 167-188.

‘Entre crise du capitalisme et productivisme. Circulations et hybridations dans le communisme italien et français des années 1940’, FMSH-WP, 126, 2017.

‘Le PCF et les conférences économiques internationales, 1958-1975’, J. Vigreux, R. Ducoulombier, eds., Le PCF, un parti global (1919-1989). Approches transnationales et comparées, Dijon, Editions Universitaires de Dijon, 2019, p. 213-222.

'1966, la conférence internationale de Choisy-le-Roi: la montée en puissance des économistes', Guillaume Roubaud-Quashie, ed., 100 ans de Parti Communiste Français, Cherche Midi, 2020, p. 106-107.

‘Antonio Pesenti’, P. Barucci, S. Misiani, F. Manzalini, M. Mosca, eds., Scrittori italiani di economia durante il Regno d’Italia, Milano, Franco Angeli, forthcoming.

‘Benvenuto Griziotti’, P. Barucci, S. Misiani, F. Manzalini, M. Mosca, eds., Scrittori italiani di economia durante il Regno d’Italia, Milano, Franco Angeli, forthcoming.

Italian Left

‘Da Serrati a Lenin. La formazione politica e culturale di Girolamo Li Causi’, Giornale di Storia Contemporanea, (2), 2011, p. 268-301.

‘Quale autonomia? Quale meridionalismo? Il PCI, il sindacato e la costruzione della democrazia in Sicilia’, Annali della fondazione Giuseppe Di Vittorio, (2012), 2013, p. 55-94.

‘La Resistenza come laboratorio. Li Causi e la politica di unità nazionale in Sicilia’, T. Baris, C. Verri, eds., I siciliani nella Resistenza, Palermo, Sellerio, 2019, p. 242-260.

 in collaboration with Marc Lazar ‘The Italian Socialist Party from the mid-1970s to the early 1990s: Socialists and a Weak State‘ M. Lazar, M. Fulla, eds. European Socialists and the State in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries, London, Palgrave, 2020, p. 363-378.

‘Il Mezzogiorno’, in Silvio Pons, ed., Il comunismo italiano nella storia del Novecento, Roma, Viella, 2021, p. 369-384.

Social movements 

‘Sicilianismo come populismo e ideologia della transizione’, S. Salmeri, ed., Democrazia, educazione e populismo, Enna, Euno Edizioni, 2012, p. 151-170.

 ‘Between ‘resistance’ to the war and social conflict. Revolts and ‘peasant republics’ in southern Italy, 1943-1945’, Workers of the World. International Journal of Strikes and Social Conflicts, (5), 2014, p. 165-177.

Methodology and historiography 

‘Intellectual history as history of engagement? The French scholarship’, Modern Intellectual History, 2021, 1-11. doi:10.1017/S1479244321000184.

Book reviews

Michele Di Donato, I comunisti italiani e la sinistra europea. Il PCI e i rapporti con le socialdemocrazie (1964-1984), Roma, Carocci, 2015, Histoire@politique. Politique, Culture, Société, June 2016.

Stefano Mangullo, Dal fascio allo scudo crociato. Cassa per il Mezzogiorno, politica e lotte sociali nell’Agro Pontino, 1944-1961, Milano, Franco Angeli, 2015, Italia Contemporanea, 3, 2016.

Mathieu Fulla, Les socialistes français et l’économie (1944-1981). Une histoire économique du politique, Parigi, Presses de Sciences Po, 2016, Rivista Storica del Socialismo, 2, 2017.

Tommaso Baris, Gregorio Sorgonà, eds, Pio La Torre. Dirigente del PCI, Palermo, Istituto Poligrafico Europeo, 2019, Passato e Presente, 112/1, 2021.

Other publications

'Les gauches européennes renouent-elles progressivement avec le protectionnisme?' The Conversation May 24, 2019