Pierpaolo Barbieri is the Lt. Charles Henry Fiske III Harvard-Cambridge scholar at Trinity College, where he is pursuing an MPhil in Economic and Social History. He holds a BA in international history and government from Harvard, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. At Harvard he was associated with the Weatherhead Center for International Studies, the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, and the Real Colegio Complutense. At Cambridge he is continuing with research on the topic of his senior honors thesis, ‘For Glory, For Money: Determinants of Fascist Intervention in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939,’ which was awarded a Thomas T. Hoopes prize at Harvard. From the perspective of international and economic history, and through the analysis of trade data and diplomatic connections, his research hopes to challenge the traditional interpretation of why Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany intervened in Spain during its civil war, thus creating what many a scholar have called a “world war in miniature.”
More generally, Pierpaolo is interested in the history of global financial flows in war-time, great power intervention in civil wars, and the way business allegiances affect diplomatic allegiances.