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Catalog Archive / Fall 2020

Nationalism and Sexuality
Middle-Class Morality and Sexual Norms in Modern Europe
With a critical introduction by Mary Louise Roberts

“Insights abound in this remarkable book. . . . It is not an easy task to discuss and integrate nationalism, racism, fascism, homosexuality, and stereotypes of respectability simultaneously, but Mosse has succeeded admirably.”
American Journal of Sociology

This landmark work by George L. Mosse, first published in 1985, examines the history of sexuality through the lens of bourgeois respectability and nationalism. Using a daring breadth of German and English sources, Nationalism and Sexuality pioneered the use of gender stereotypes as a methodology for studying the history of sexuality in mainstream European history. Mosse’s innovative inquiries on gender remain central to discussions about modern constructions of national belonging and the workings of the state. This edition of Mosse’s classic volume includes a new critical introduction by Mary Louise Roberts, whose books include What Soldiers Do: Sex and the American GI in World War II France.


George L. Mosse (1918–99) was a legendary scholar, teacher, and mentor. A refugee from Nazi Germany, in 1955 he joined the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he was both influential and popular. Mosse was an early leader in the study of modern European cultural and intellectual history, the study of fascism, and the history of sexuality and masculinity. Over his career he authored more than two dozen books.




“This interesting, well-illustrated, timely volume will, in short, give most readers much to think about.”
German Studies Review

“Mosse provides a powerful statement of how a new culture was formed.”
Journal of Modern History

“Mosse is right in saying that insufficient attention has been paid to the role that sexual respectability played in the intensification of nationalism and the rise of fascism. This unpretentious but useful book helps correct that deficiency.”
American Historical Review



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The Collected Works of George L. Mosse


Toward the Final Solution
A History of European Racism
George L. Mosse

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September 2020
LC: 2020013738 HQ
280 pp. 5.5 x 8.5

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ISBN 9780299329648
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