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Professor Richard Bosworth

Roles and subjects

Emeritus Fellow



Academic Background and Research Interests

BA, MA Hons Sydney, PhD Cambridge, FAHA, FASSA.

I did my first undergraduate and Hons. MA at the University of Sydney, then a PhD at Cambridge (St John’s College). I taught at Sydney from 1969 to 1986, the University of Western Australia from 1987 to 2011 and Reading University from 2007-2011 (shared with UWA). I have been a Visiting Fellow at St. John’s College and Clare Hall, Cambridge, Balliol and All Souls Colleges in Oxford. I was also a Visiting Professor at Trento University in Italy. My last three books, all published by Yale University Press, have been Whispering city: Rome and its histories (2011), Venice: an Italian history (2014), and Claretta: Mussolini’s last lover (2017). My latest book, Mussolini and the eclipse of Italian Fascism: from dictatorship to populism was published by Yale University Press in March 2021. Under lockdown inevitably I wrote another book, the first for many years without a contract beforehand. Its title is Politics, murder and love in an Italian family: the Amendolas 1880-1980. It is under consideration by Yale. While I wait I’ve been writing a couple of autobiographical pieces for Australia. I have also been honoured with membership of the editorial board of Nuova Rivista Storica, which has claims to be Italy’s oldest modern history journal. In 2015 I edited with Joe Maiolo of KCL vol II of the Cambridge University Press History of the Second World War (3 vols).

Other Interests

I play golf (very badly) at North Oxford and go to the theatre whenever I can.  My daughter is a professor of criminology (St. Cross College) and my two granddaughters progress through the school system in Oxford (and live eight houses down the road). I defect to Italy often.

Additional Information

In 2002, I was accorded the Australian Centenary Medal ‘for services to history and the humanities’.

With Colin Haydon and others and under the leadership of Felicity Heal, I was part of the team that produced the new history of Jesus College for its 450th anniversary.