"The March on Rome:

The Rise of Fascism!"

Past Web Lecture on January 20th at 3pm ET with Richard Bowen

Come and Discover:


the foundation of the Italian fascism and its growth from after the First World War up until Italy's entry in to the Second World War. 

Look at the root causes that allowed Italian fascism to flourish including the resentment that the Italian veterans of World War One felt in regard to the "mutilated victory" as a result of the Treaty of Versailles; and also, the social dissent and hardships to be found in post-war Italy.

The talk will assess the rise of populist and extremist movements on both the left and right of the political spectrum, and their attempts to alleviate the social and economic decline that Italy experienced after the Great War. 

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Richard Bowen

has lived in Rome for nearly 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Humanities degree from Middlesex University and a Master in Arts history degree specialising in mediaeval and 20th century history from University College London. Over the years, Richard has led tours to many different sites in Rome and its environs and is particularly fond of Ostia Antica, Tivoli and the ancient Roman sites including the Baths of Caracalla, Trajan's Market and the Ara Pacis. Additionally, Richard, who has also worked for Smart History, likes to get off the "beaten path" leading tours to the areas of Trastevere and the Park of the Aqueducts. Richard is more than happy to guide tours about the Unification of Italy and the defence of the Roman Republic of 1849, and the rise of Italian Fascism. Equally, our (sometimes) favourite Englishman has no objection to being banished to Cerveteri, Tarquinia or Castel Gandolfo for the day.