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Professor Richard Bosworth

MA (Sydney), PhD (Cambridge)

Elected: 1995

Discipline: History

Specialisation: historiography, Italy, fascism, war, migration


Professor Richard Bosworth is a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford and shall remain so until September 2017  Professor Bosworth's research interests include:

  • twentieth century Italian social and political history
  • historiography
  • the history of the Second World War.

Since 1993, Professor Bosworth's  books include Italian Venice: a history (2014),  Whispering city: modern Rome and its histories (2011), From humble beginnings: the Mount Lawley Golf Club (2011), (ed.) The Oxford handbook of fascism (2009), Nationalism (2007), Italy: the leasst of the Great Powers (1979/2005), Mussolini's Italy (2005), Mussolini (2002; rev ed., 2010); The Italian Dictatorship: Problems and Perspectives in the Interpretation of Mussolini and Fascism (1998), Italy and the Wider World 1860-1990 (1996), Explaining Auschwitz and Hiroshima: history writing and the second world war 1945-1990 (1993).  Also, with P. Dogliani (eds), Italian Fascism: History, Memory and Representation (1999) and with M. Melia (eds), Western Australia as it is today by Leopoldo Zunini (1997). His two books about Mussolinian Italy won five of Australia's history prizes and were short-listed for five others.   They, and further of his works, were also translated into Italian and other languages.  Bosworth is the co-editor of volume II of Cambridge University Press' New History of the Second World War.  He is starting work on two new studies, one of Mussolini's relationship with his last lover, Clara Petacci, and another on the nature of modern dictatorship.

Bosworth at different times has also held visiting fellowships at St. Johns College and Clare Hall Cambridge, Balliol and All Souls Colleges, Oxford and the Casa Italiana at Columbia University, New York.  He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Trento.  He is an emeritus professor of the University of Western Australia.


Centenary Medal


  • R.J.B. Bosworth (2014) Italian Venice: a history. Yale University Press.
  • R.J.B. Bosworth (2011) Whispering city: Rome and its histories. London/New York, Yale University Press.
  • R.J.B. Bosworth (2011) with Lindsey Stade and Stan Bell, From humble beginnings : the Mount Lawley Golf Club (2011).
  • R.J.B. Bosworth (ed) (2009) Oxford handbook of fascism. Oxford University Press.
  • R.J.B. Bosworth (2007) Nationalism. London: Pearson.
  • R.J.B. Bosworth (2005/1979) Italy, the least of the Great Powers: Italian foreign policy before the First World War. Cambridge University Press.
  • R.J.B. Bosworth (2005) Mussolini's Italy. London/New York: Allen Lane/Penguin.
  • R.J.B. Bosworth (2002) Mussolini. London/New York: Arnold/OUP (rev. ed. Bloomsbury, 2010).
  • R.J.B. Bosworth and P. Dogliani (eds) (1999) Italian Fascism: history, memory and representation. London: Macmillan.
  • R.J.B. Bosworth (1998) The Italian dictatorship. London/New York: Arnold/OUP.
  • R.J.B. Bosworth and M. Melia (eds), Western Australia as it is today 1906 by Leopoldo Zunini. University of Western Australia Press.
  • R.J.B. Bosworth (1996) Italy and the wider world. London: Routledge.
  • R.J.B. Bosworth (1993) Explaining Auschwitz and Hiroshima. London: Routledge.
  • By the end of 2013, Bosworth had also published 83 scholarly articles, 29 book chapters and more than 120 academic reviews.


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