A lot of information, probably too much for the time. Instructor often read the material on the slides - too much material on slides. Difficult to take notes - better if had slides in advance. Lots of individuals noted but impossible to take notes and understand what being said. I enjoyed the lecture but would like to have slides in order to do more research.
Richard Bowen clearly is knowledgeable about this subject, but for me the seminar was a mad race through dates, names, and facts, most of which I could have read myself on the detail-filled powerpoint slides. This made it hard to absorb, and I would have appreciate pauses now and then with a step back to consider what the larger concepts are emerge from the details.
Great talk on timely topic
I imagine that Mr. Bowen is a fabulous walking tour guide, as his detailed knowledge of dates, facts and events would translate well when offered as tidbits in from tof a park, or ambling around an area of a city, or looking at a building. It does not work at all when presented as a lecture. What I received was a presentation akin to a riding of a Wikipedia entry, right down to the virtual reading of the presentation slides on camera. A near total bust, except that now I know when Mussolini.
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.