Born in 1964 in Pavia, where he obtained his maturità at the Liceo Classico “Ugo Foscolo”, Max Guderzo graduated in Political Science at the Faculty “Cesare Alfieri” in Florence in 1989. After obtaining a Doctorate in the History of International Relations in 1994, he was Associate and then Full Professor of that discipline at the University of Urbino (1998-2004). Later he moved to Florence, where he taught until 2017, getting also a “Jean Monnet” Chair in the History of European Unification co-financed by the European Commission, as in Urbino. On 1 September 2017, he began to work at the University of Siena where he chairs the Steering Committee of the “Laurea Magistrale” (Master Level) in International Sciences.
After his first short essays on Italian anti-fascism (“Giustizia e Libertà” a Pavia negli anni trenta, 1983) and British decolonisation in Africa (L’indipendenza del Ghana, 1991) he has written books on Spain’s neutrality in World War II (Madrid e l’arte della diplomazia, 1995), the attitude of the United States towards European integration in the 1960s (Interesse nazionale e responsabilità globale, 2000) and US relations with Latin America in the Carter years (Ordine mondiale e buon vicinato, 2012). He has co-edited interdisciplinary books on raw materials and the international system (Diplomazia delle risorse, 2004; Russian ed., 2008), EEC/EU enlargement (2004: l’allargamento dell’Unione europea, 2005), Spain in the last years of the Franco regime (L’ultimo franchismo, 2009), the international system in 1975-85 (The Globalization of the Cold War, 2010), EEC/EU “foreign policies” (The External Relations of the European Union, 2015), current issues in international history (Nuove questioni di Storia delle relazioni internazionali. Studi in onore di Ennio Di Nolfo, 2015) and the euro (A Monetary Hope for Europe, 2016). He is currently working on US foreign policy, European integration, Spanish, Latin American and Italian issues.