Books by R.J.B. Bosworth

R.J.B. Bosworth's prizewinning Mussolini was greeted on publication in 2002 as the definitive life of Il Duce. Bosworth is professor of history at the University of Western Australia and has been a Visiting Fellow at a number of institutions, including th

Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"For students of Italian history, a thorough portrait of the many attempts in the last 300 years to prevent the death of Venice and to survive foreign rule, wars and horrendous poverty."
Since the Risorgimento, Venice has faced many challenges, including an economy reliant on tourism and a population that rejects change. Bosworth (Senior Research Fellow/Jesus Coll., Oxford; Whispering City: Rome and Its Histories, 2011, etc.) shows a city lacking the vibrancy of Renaissance times. Read full book review >
Released: April 26, 2011

"Bosworth's main point seems blindingly obvious, and the more interesting material giving specific instances of Rome's History Wars through the centuries is developed with a density of detail that makes this a book for academics rather than general readers."
In the Eternal City, where monuments from three millennia jostle in the streets, history is often rewritten to bolster arguments about the present and future. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2006

"Superb—and timely, for Mussolinian ghosts celebrate 'when they hear of the current approval of pre-emptive strikes and the cheerful acceptance that vast collateral damage may accompany them.' "
A breathtakingly ambitious history that defies its author's own warning: "Aspiring to write the total history of a totalitarian society is a delusion." Read full book review >