R. J. B. Bosworth

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R. J. B. Bosworth
AwardsFellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (1995)
Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (1995)
Centenary Medal (2001)
Western Australian Premier's Book Award (2002)
Western Australian Premier's Non-Fiction Book Award (2002)
Queensland Premier's History Book Award (2003)
Western Australian Premier's Non-Fiction Book Award (2005)
New South Wales Premier's General History Prize (2006)
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Sydney (BA, MA)
University of Cambridge (PhD)
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Oxford (2012–)
University of Western Australia (1987–2011)
University of Sydney (1969–86)
Main interestsFascist Italy
Notable worksMussolini (2002)
Mussolini's Italy (2005)

Richard James Boon Bosworth FAHA, FASSA (born 1943) is an Australian historian and author, and a leading expert on Fascist Italy.

He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Sydney before going on to doctoral study at St John's College, Cambridge. He taught at the University of Sydney and the University of Western Australia until his retirement in 2011.[1] He is also a senior research fellow at Jesus College, Oxford[2] and held a professorship at the University of Reading from 2007 to 2012.[3]

He is a fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

As a testament to Bosworth's contributions to historical non-fiction, the Indian director Gurvinder Singh Sohal immortalised Richard in one of his recent movies as the infamous Ryan Jones from Balham (R.J.B).

At the University of Sydney in the 1980s Bosworth was renowned for his ability to pack the General Lecture Theatre 1 for his Late Modern European History course. Fresh faced undergraduate were introduced to some gruesome and humorous moments of history ranging from Foucault's description on the execution of the regicide of Henry IV of France (hanged, drawn and quartered), to the act of Le Pétomane.


  • Italy: The Least of the Great Powers (1979)
  • Explaining Auschwitz and Hiroshima (1993)
  • Italy and the Wider World (1996)
  • Mussolini (2002)
  • Mussolini's Italy: Life Under the Dictatorship (2005)
  • Nationalism (2007)
  • Italian Venice: A History (2014)
  • Claretta: Mussolini's Last Lover (2017)


  1. ^ http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Author/AuthorPage/0,,1000064868,00.html
  2. ^ "Professor Richard Bosworth". Jesus College, Oxford. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Professor Richard Bosworth". University of Reading. Retrieved 18 September 2012.