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The Rise Of Italian Fascism And The Cult of Personality with Richard Bowen

The Rise Of Italian Fascism And The Cult of Personality with Richard Bowen


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Fascism in Italy began during World War One, spearheaded by radicals such as Benito Mussolini. But what caused its rapid rise? Who were its opponents and what were its values? This conversation explores the rise and practice of Italian Fascism from 1919 to 1940 as we delve deeper into these darker days of Italian history.

We’ll start by looking at the rancor amongst Italian veterans, of World War One, in regard to the "mutilated victory" as a result of the Treaty of Versailles, which helped ferment social dissent, which combined with the social hardships that the nation was suffering at the time of the post-war period. We’ll discuss how the rise of populist or extremist movements on both the left and right of the political spectrum was an attempt to alleviate the social and economic decline that Italy experienced after the Great War.

The seminar will also look at the tactics of Benito Mussolini, who was instrumental in creating and harnessing the Fascist movement, and bringing it to power, and thus creating a regime that allowed him to rule for over twenty years, and study his attempts to build a legacy that would endure long into the future. It will also touch upon the many social programs that his regime promoted. In the latter stages of our seminar, we will look at Fascist foreign policy and the increasing bellicose stance that it took in the 1930s, which saw it eventually ally with Nazi Germany and, thus, eventually find itself involved in another world war.

Led by Rome-based history teacher Richard Bowen, this is a fitting conversation for those interested in many facets of history particularly Italian history of the early 20th Century, the rise of Italian Fascism, Fascist social programs, Italian Fascism's relationship with Nazi Germany, Italian architecture, and the derring-do, and even bluster of Benito Mussolini, who brought the Fascists to power. Without his chutzpah and cunning, it is unlikely that the Fascists would have ever taken power. This seminar will also link, historically, in part, with the time of the Italian Risorgimento, and highlight Mussolini's desire to replicate, and even better, the empire of the Ancient Romans.

Originally from England, Richard has lived in Rome for the last fourteen years. He holds a Master's degree in medieval and twentieth-century history from London University and has a broad-minded and synthetic approach to understanding Rome. Richard works quite frequently with institutional travel organizations, such as museums and church organizations, and as a result spends much of his time traveling all over Europe. He brings this cosmopolitan and pan-European experience to bear on his work with us in Rome, constantly making connections to other cities and countries in the course of his lectures and seminars.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 14 reviews
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Laura (Wichita, US)
Great presentation

Well-presented and at a good pace: no chance of falling asleep or being bored. At the end I had deeper knowledge of a subject that had always been very peripheral to me.

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Lora Gordon (Portland, US)
Deep dive on the beginnings of Mussolini and Fascism in Italy!

Chock full of information, this rapid gallop through the rise of fascism in Italy is thorough and interesting. Mr. Bowen is clearly a subject area expert. I hope there might be a "Mussolini Part 2" course sometime in the future!

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Denise Devenuto (Rancho Palos Verdes, US)
A Very Detailed Account of Mussolini's Rise and Fall

Richard Bowen provided a very clear picture of the conditions that gave rise to Mussolini and fascism in Italy as well as its outcome in WWII. His slides were chock full of facts so he had to proceed at a brisk pace. However, his style of presentation and the subject matter were engaging, so it was not difficult to keep up.

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Janet M Cary (Philadelphia, US)
Rise of Facism and the Cult of Personality

A jampacked presentation filled with lots of fascinating information. Very relevant (& sort of scary) considering today's political climate in the US.

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Don (Prospect, US)
Excellent!

Richard was highly knowledgeable and well spoken. He would be a little better if he did not talk so fast!

Customer Reviews

Based on 14 reviews
50%
(7)
29%
(4)
14%
(2)
7%
(1)
0%
(0)
L
Laura (Wichita, US)
Great presentation

Well-presented and at a good pace: no chance of falling asleep or being bored. At the end I had deeper knowledge of a subject that had always been very peripheral to me.

L
Lora Gordon (Portland, US)
Deep dive on the beginnings of Mussolini and Fascism in Italy!

Chock full of information, this rapid gallop through the rise of fascism in Italy is thorough and interesting. Mr. Bowen is clearly a subject area expert. I hope there might be a "Mussolini Part 2" course sometime in the future!

D
Denise Devenuto (Rancho Palos Verdes, US)
A Very Detailed Account of Mussolini's Rise and Fall

Richard Bowen provided a very clear picture of the conditions that gave rise to Mussolini and fascism in Italy as well as its outcome in WWII. His slides were chock full of facts so he had to proceed at a brisk pace. However, his style of presentation and the subject matter were engaging, so it was not difficult to keep up.

J
Janet M Cary (Philadelphia, US)
Rise of Facism and the Cult of Personality

A jampacked presentation filled with lots of fascinating information. Very relevant (& sort of scary) considering today's political climate in the US.

D
Don (Prospect, US)
Excellent!

Richard was highly knowledgeable and well spoken. He would be a little better if he did not talk so fast!