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Bosworth, R. J. B.

Works: 73 works in 403 publications in 4 languages and 12,376 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Diaries  Biographies  Conference papers and proceedings  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Director
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Italy and the wider world 1860-1960 by R. J. B Bosworth( )

24 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and held by 1,889 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Bosworth's overview of Italy's role in European and world politics from 1860 to 1960 is lively and iconclastic. Based on a combination of primary research and secondary material he examines Italian diplomacy, military power, commerce, culture, tourism and ideology. His account challenges many aspects of current Italian historiography and offers an original vision of the place of Italy in modern history
Mussolini by R. J. B Bosworth( Book )

45 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1945, disguised in German greatcoat and helmet, Mussolini attempted to escape from the advancing Allied armies. Unfortunately for him, the convoy of which he was part was stopped by partisans and his features, made so familiar by Fascist propaganda, gave him away. Within 24 hours he was executed by his captors, joining those he sent early to their graves as an outcome of his tyranny, at least one million people. He was one of the tyrant-killers who so scarred interwar Europe, but we cannot properly understand him or his regime by any simple equation with Hitler or Stalin. Like them, his life began modestly in the provinces; unlike them, he maintained a traditional male family life, including both wife and mistresses, and sought in his way to be an intellectual. He was cruel (though not the cruelest); his racism existed, but never without the consistency and vigor that would have made him a good recruit for the SS. He sought an empire; but, in the most part, his was of the old-fashioned, costly, nineteenth century variety, not a racial or ideological imperium. And, self-evidently Italian society was not German or Russian: the particular patterns of that society shaped his dictatorship. Bosworth's Mussolini allows us to come closer than ever before to an appreciation of the life and actions of the man and of the political world and society within which he operated. With extraordinary skill and vividness, drawing on a huge range of sources, this biography paints a picture of brutality and failure, yet one tempered with an understanding of Mussolini as a human being, not so different from many of his contemporaries
Mussolini's Italy : life under the dictatorship, 1915-1945 by R. J. B Bosworth( Book )

37 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 1,556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An evaluation of Italy's notorious Fascist period under dictator Benito Mussolini considers its violence and demands for obedience, noting how it served as a model for other twentieth-century dictatorships while arguing that the nation's largely undeveloped country and tribal family structures helped Italians to devise creative survival and resistance methods
Explaining Auschwitz and Hiroshima : history writing and the Second World War 1945-1990 by R. J. B Bosworth( )

33 editions published between 1993 and 2002 in English and held by 1,393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historikernes syn på 2. verdenskrig
Whispering city : modern Rome and its histories by R. J. B Bosworth( )

14 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 864 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In "Civilization and Its Discontents", Sigmund Freud claimed that Rome must be comprehended as 'not a human dwelling place but a mental entity', in which the palaces of the Caesars still stand alongside modern apartment buildings in layers of brick, mortar, and memory. This book accepts Freud.s challenge
Italy and the approach of the First World War by R. J. B Bosworth( Book )

11 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Italian Venice : a history by R. J. B Bosworth( Book )

13 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 684 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this elegant book Richard Bosworth explores Venice--not the glorious Venice of the Venetian Republic, but from the fall of the Republic in 1797 and the Risorgimento up through the present day. Bosworth looks at the glamour and squalor of the belle époque and the dark underbelly of modernization, the two world wars, and the far-reaching oppressions of the fascist regime, through to the 'Disneylandification' of Venice and the tourist boom, the worldwide attention of the biennale and film festival, and current threats of subsidence and flooding posed by global warming. He draws out major themes--the increasingly anachronistic but deeply embedded Catholic Church, the two faces of modernization, consumerism versus culture. Bosworth interrogates not just Venice's history but its meanings, and how the city's past has been co-opted to suit present and sometimes ulterior aims. Venice, he shows, is a city where its histories as well as its waters ripple on the surface."--Publisher information
The Italian dictatorship : problems and perspectives in the interpretation of Mussolini and fascism by R. J. B Bosworth( Book )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in English and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a study of the way in which the history of fascism has been given meaning. It begins in the 1990s, with the political, cultural and historiographical crisis of the loss of the first republic
Italy, the least of the Great Powers : Italian foreign policy before the First World War by R. J. B Bosworth( Book )

25 editions published between 1979 and 2009 in English and Italian and held by 546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the heart of Rome beside the Capitol, confronting the Piazza Venezia, stands the Victor Emmanuel monument. In Rome, which until 1945 was so often accorded the adjectives 'eternal' or 'imperial', the monumentissimo (as sardonic socialists labelled it) is the most public, most theatrical and most excessive architectural celebration of post-Risorgimento Italian patriotism, nationalism and perhaps imperialism. This book asks why the Victor Emmanuel monument, planned after 1878 and opened in 1911, was a structure raised by Liberal and not Fascist Italy. Through a detailed study of diplomacy, of policy-making, of policy-makers, and of the distribution of real power in pre-First World War Italy, it demonstrates how important foreign policy, and a foreign policy of greatness, was to Liberal Italy. Weakened by economic backwardness, regional diversity, and the gulf between the legal-political world and 'real' society, Liberal Italy was nonetheless ambitious to be a Great Power. This monograph contributes to a number of major historiographical debates. It produces evidence which casts doubts on the thesis that fascism was a parenthesis in Italian history
The Oxford handbook of fascism by R. J. B Bosworth( Book )

25 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The essays in this Handbook, written by an international team of distinguished scholars, combine to explore the way in which fascism is understood by contemporary scholarship, as well as pointing to areas of continuing dispute and discussion. From a focus on Italy as, chronologically at least, the 'first Fascist nation', the contributors cover a wide range of countries, from Nazi Germany and the comparison with Soviet Communism to fascism in Yugoslavia and its successor states. The book also examines the roots of fascism before 1914 and its survival, whether in practice or in memory, after 1945. The analysis looks at both fascist ideas and practice, and at the often uneasy relationship between the two. The book is not designed to provide any final answers to the fascist problem and no quick definition emerges from its pages. Readers will rather find there historical debate. On appropriate occasions, the authors disagree with each other and have not been forced into any artificial 'consensus', offering readers the chance to engage with the debates over a phenomenon that, more than any other single factor, led humankind into the catastrophe of the Second World War"--Publisher's description
The Cambridge history of the Second World War( Book )

18 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cambridge History of the Second World War is an authoritative new account of the conflict that unfolded between 1939 and 1945. With contributions from a team of leading historians, the three volumes adopt a transnational approach to offer a comprehensive, global analysis of the military, political, sociological, economic and cultural aspects of the war. Volume 1 provides an operational perspective on the course of the war, examining strategies, military cultures and organisation and the key campaigns, whilst Volume 2 reviews the 'politics' of war, the global aspirations of the rival alliances, and the role of diplomacy. Volume 3 considers the war as an economic, social and cultural event, exploring how entire nations mobilized their economies and populations and dealt with the catastrophic losses that followed. The volumes conclude by considering the lasting impact of World War Two and the memory of war across different cultures of commemoration
Italian fascism : history, memory, and representation by R. J. B Bosworth( Book )

21 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bringing together scholars, especially young ones, from the Italian- and English-speaking world, Bosworth and Dogliani's edited book reviews the history of the memory and representation of Fascism after 1945. Among the matters discussed are monumental representations of Fascism and war (official and unofficial, Italian and 'Slav'), the memories of such traumatic times that are held by peasants, women, volunteer emigrants to Nazi Germany, Dodecanese islanders and any who retained a mentality affected by the dictatorship, as well as cinematic and film accounts of the Fascist past. With its attention ranging from patriotism to sadomasochism, the book asks important questions about the way in which Italians have remembered and forgotten their history under Mussolini and is therefore of interest to any who wonder about how a past becomes usable and why such usability is most often short-term and precarious."--Jacket
Nationalism by R. J. B Bosworth( Book )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In his new critical study of nationalism, R.J.B. Bosworth explores the origins and purpose of the division of human kind into national groupings. The book explores the history of nationalism, arguing that the present is seeing a dangerous growth of what might be called 'national fundamentalism'. Bosworth suggests that nations work best when they possess the ability to criticize their nationalism."--Jacket
Claretta : Mussolini's last lover by R. J. B Bosworth( Book )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Few deaths are as gruesome and infamous as those of Benito Mussolini, Italy's fascist dictator, and Claretta (or Clara) Petacci, his much-younger lover. Shot dead by Italian partisans after attempting to flee the country in 1945, the couple's bodies were then hanged upside down in Milan's main square in ignominious public display. This provocative book is the first to mine Clara's extensive diaries, family correspondence, and other sources to discover how the last in Mussolini's long line of lovers became his intimate and how she came to her violent fate at his side. R.J.B. Bosworth explores the social climbing of Claretta's family, her naive and self-interested commitment to fascism, her diary's graphically detailed accounts of sexual life with Mussolini, and much more. Brimful of new and arresting information, the book sheds intimate light not only on an ordinary-extraordinary woman living at the heart of Italy's totalitarian fascist state but also on Mussolini himself"--
Old worlds and new Australia : the post-war migrant experience by Janis Wilton( Book )

7 editions published between 1984 and 1987 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La Politica estera italiana, 1860-1985( Book )

9 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

War, internment and mass migration : the Italo-Australian experience, 1940-1990( Book )

4 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Western Australia as it is today, 1906 by Leopoldo Zunini( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Intellectuals and their ideas in contemporary Italy( Book )

3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Film and the Shoah in France and Italy by Giacomo Lichtner( )

2 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Now available in paperback, this book is a uniquely comparative analysis of the role of cinema in the development of collective memories of the Shoah in France and Italy. The work follows a chronological structure of which three French documentaries - Night and Fog, The Sorrow, and The Pity and Shoah - form the backbone. These three sections are linked by comparative case studies on famous and lesser-known fictional works, such as Roberto Benigni's Life is Beautiful, Louis Malle's Lacombe Lucien, Armand Gatti's The Enclosure, and Radu Mihaileanu's Train of Life. The book tackles crucial themes
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Italy and the wider world 1860-1960
Alternative Names
Boon Bosworth, R. J. 1943-

Boon Bosworth, Richard James 1943-

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Bosworth, R. J. B. (Richard James Boon), 1943-

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Bosworth, Richard James Boon.

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Richard Bosworth

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Richard James Boon Bosworth australischer Historiker

MussoliniMussolini's Italy : life under the dictatorship, 1915-1945Explaining Auschwitz and Hiroshima : history writing and the Second World War 1945-1990Whispering city : modern Rome and its historiesThe Italian dictatorship : problems and perspectives in the interpretation of Mussolini and fascismItaly, the least of the Great Powers : Italian foreign policy before the First World WarThe Oxford handbook of fascismItalian fascism : history, memory, and representation