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Hannah Malone Dr

Hannah Malone, Dr

Temporary lecturer, History Faculty

Humboldt Fellow, Department of History and Cultural Studies, Free University, Berlin


I am primarily interested in the relationship between death and politics in the history of modern Italy. My research explores how Italian politicians exploited the memory of the dead to bolster patriotism, to foster a sense of unity and to canvas support for the national cause. It investigates the commemoration of national heroes and of ‘martyrs’ for the fatherland from the Risorgimento to the Fascist period. Having trained as an architectural historian, I use architecture as a window onto politics and analyse cemeteries, tombs and other monuments as vehicles for propaganda. My studies of Mussolini’s Italy feed into my teaching on the transnational history of European fascism and on the comparative study of Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. I also work on issues relating to the heritage and legacy of Fascism in today’s Italy.

My doctoral work (University of Cambridge 2010–13) examined the monumental cemeteries that were created across nineteenth-century Italy, partly in response to the struggle for independence and a growth in patriotic sentiment. It formed the basis for a monograph that was published by Routledge under the title Architecture, Death and Nationhood: The Monumental Cemeteries of Nineteenth-Century Italy (2017). As a Junior Research Fellow (2014–17) at Magdalene College Cambridge, I worked on Marcello Piacentini, the most prominent architect of Mussolini's fascist regime. Formerly, as a Fellow of the British School at Rome, I had undertaken a project on Italy’s fascist ossuaries of the Great War, which focused on how the fascist state exploited death as propaganda. As a Humboldt Fellow in the Department of History and Cultural Studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin, I am now writing a book on the ossuaries, which exposes Mussolini’s campaign to exhume and re-bury thousands of fallen soldiers of the First World War for political ends.


I teach in the Departments of History of Art, Architecture, and History on topics that include the history of the Italian Risorgimento and fascism, Italian cultural history, and urban design.

Research Interests

Modern Italian history

Architectural history and theory

Heritage and memory studies

Key Publications

Architecture, Death and Nationhood: The Monumental Cemeteries of Nineteenth-Century Italy, Routledge (2017)

“Fascist Italy’s Ossuaries of the Great War: Objects or Symbols?”, RIHA Journal, Special Issue “War Graves/Die Bauaufgabe Soldatenfriedhof, 1914 –1989”, 0166, 27 June 2017

“Legacies of Fascism: Architecture, heritage and memory in contemporary Italy”, Modern Italy, Special Issue “The Force of History: Modern Italian Historiography and the Legacy of Christopher Duggan”, 22, 4, 445–70

“Revisiting the Fascist City”, Italian Studies, 70, 2 (May 2015), 269–74

“Secularisation, anticlericalism and cremation within Italian cemeteries of the nineteenth century”, Modern Italy, 19, 4 (November 2014), 385–403.