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NIAF grant recipient wins book prize

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Congratulations to Dr. Mark Choate, author of "Emigrant Nation: The Making of Italy Abroad," a book he completed with the help of a NIAF grant that recently won the Council on European Studies Book Award for 2009-2010.


In the book, Choate examines how Italy responded to mass emigration in the 19th and 20th centuries, making the case that officials tried to turn a negative (mass emigration of its young men) into a positive (colonization). A $7,500 grant from NIAF helped Choate and his publisher, Harvard University Press -- a nonprofit -- assemble the book with a color cover and pay for additional costs.

"Italy wanted to...try to see this as expanded Italy rather than just a dead loss -- these people leaving and never coming back," Choate said during an interview about the book last summer.

Last summer's issue of Ambassador magazine, Vol. 20 No. 3, profiled Choate's book, offering more details about the 15 years of work that went into this book's making.