Collected Works of George L. Mosse
“The historian’s function must be to understand the myths that people live by, because these myths have often a tenuous link to reality, though they are placed within reality.”
The Collected Works of George L. Mosse makes available for a new generation of scholars and students the indispensable work of a historian whose moral and intellectual clarity helped illuminate the conditions that gave rise to some of the modern world’s greatest catastrophes.
George L. Mosse (1918–1999) was one of the twentieth century’s most provocatively original historians. Best known for his work on the origins of fascism, his thought ranged widely across modern European social, cultural, and political history. His systematic investigations of mass political movements were groundbreaking in the seriousness with which they attended to popular culture, opening the field of cultural history to new sources and methods. Resonating widely, his work helped inaugurate research into new and understudied fields including the new cultural history, the comparative study of fascism, the history of racism and antisemitism, the study of bourgeois respectability, the aesthetics of nationalism, modern Jewish history, and the history of gender and sexuality.
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Toward the Final Solution
A History of European Racism
“Mosse claims once again his place in modern historiography as the foremost explicator and demythologizer of ideas which have inflamed and energized men’s minds and worked irreversible evil in human history. . . . Mosse has produced a strikingly original work whose conceptual brilliance and analytic keenness will surely make it the indispensable work on European racism.
Nationalism and Sexuality
Middle-Class Morality and Sexual Norms in Modern Europe
“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.”