WW2 Rome with Richard Bowen - Context Travel

WW2 Rome with Richard Bowen


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This conversation will explore the rise of fascism, Mussolini, Italy's influence upon Germany and their eventual alliance. We’ll also discuss in detail the declaration of World War II, and the Allied led Italian Campaign of 1943-45. Central to these events would be Rome as both capital of Italy and the headquarters of the Catholic church.

What happened to Rome during the time of World War II? Was it ever bombed? This lecture will answer these questions, first, digging into the rise of Italian fascism, the actions and decisions made by Benito Mussolini and the Axis alliance between Italy and Germany. We’ll discuss the outbreak of the Second World War, the Allied invasion of the peninsula of Italy, and the threat this posed to Italy, Rome, and the Vatican, and the artistic and historical treasures that they possessed.

Led by historian Richard Bowen, this interactive seminar will educate participants about wartime Rome. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better understanding of this turbulent period during Rome’s history and the impact that individuals had in shaping history.

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.