Benedetto Zaccaria joins the PanEur1970s team on 1 October 2017 for 18 months.
Benedetto Zaccaria is a historian specialising in the European integration process and the history of the Cold War in Europe, with a particular focus on the Mediterranean and Balkan regions. He is the author of The EEC’s Yugoslav Policy in Cold War Europe, 1968-1980 (London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). This is the first systematic study on the EEC policy towards Yugoslavia during the Cold War based on extensive archival research including records of the EEC Institutions and of the French, German, British, Italian and former Yugoslav governments.
He holds a MA in International Politics and Diplomacy (2010) from the University of Padova and a PhD in Political Systems and Institutional Change (2014) from the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy. His PhD Thesis, entitled ‘For the Sake of Yugoslavia. The EEC’s Yugoslav Policy in Cold War Europe, 1968-1980’, won the SISI (Società Italiana di Storia Internazionale) Award in 2014. He has held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre of the European University Institute, being involved in the international project ‘Histcom3 – The European Commission (1986-2000) – History and Memories of an Institution’. Within this framework, he focused on the European Commission’s role during the Yugoslav crisis in the early 1990s. He is currently a Teaching Assistant in History of International Relations at LUISS Guido Carli, Rome.
Within the framework of the project PanEur1970s, Dr Zaccaria will address Yugoslav foreign relations towards processes of European integration, mapping the major economic and political actors which determined Yugoslavia’s views and policies towards economic integration in Western Europe.