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The Historian as Provocateur: George Mosse’s Accomplishment and Legacy

Jeffrey Herf

  1. George L. Mosse, Confronting History: A Memoir (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2000).
  2. Idem, The Culture of Western Europe: The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Boulder: Westview Press, 1988).
  3. Idem, The Crisis of German Ideology (New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1964), p. 317.
  4. Ibid., pp. 1-2.
  5. Ibid., p. 2.
  6. Ibid., p. 1.
  7. Ibid., p. 315.
  8. Quotations from ibid., p. 301.
  9. George L. Mosse, Nazi Culture (New York: Grossett and Dunlap, 1966).
  10. Fittingly, a student and a colleague of Mosse are preparing a much expanded documentary collection. Sandor Gilman and Anson Rabinbach, The Nazi Culture Sourcebook (forthcoming, University of California Press, 2002).
  11. George L. Mosse, The Nationalization of the Masses: Political Symbolism and Mass Movements in Germany from the Napoleonic Wars through the Third Reich (New York: New American Library, 1975), p. vii.
  12. Idem, Toward the Final Solution: A History of European Racism (New York: Howard Fertig, 1978), p. xii.
  13. Ibid., p. xiii.
  14. Ibid., pp. xiv-xv.
  15. Ibid., p. xv. See also his highly regarded article, “Racism,” in Yisrael Gutman, ed., Encyclopedia of the Holocaust (London and New York: Macmillan, 1990), pp. 1206-1217.
  16. Toward the Final Solution, p. 24.
  17. Ibid., p. 68.
  18. Ibid., p. 67.
  19. Ibid., p. 168.
  20. George L. Mosse, Fallen Soldiers: Reshaping the Memory of the Two World Wars (New York: Oxford University Press, 1990).
  21. Idem, “Fascism and the French Revolution,” in idem, The Fascist Revolution: Toward a General Theory of Fascism (New York: Howard Fertig, 1999), p. 75.
  22. Ibid., p. 72.
  23. Ibid., p. 73.
  24. Ibid., p. 92.
  25. Mosse, Toward the Final Solution, pp. 235-236.
  26. George L. Mosse, “Toward a General Theory of Fascism,” Masses and Man: Nationalist and Fascist Perceptions of Reality (New York: Howard Fertig, 1980), pp. 159-196 (reprinted in idem, The Fascist Revolution, pp. 1-44).
  27. Ibid., p. 167.
  28. George L. Mosse, Nationalism and Sexuality: Respectability and Abnormal Sexuality in Modern Europe (New York: New American Library,1985); Fallen Soldiers; and The Image of Man: The Creation of Modern Masculinity (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996).
  29. Idem, Confronting History, p. 180.
  30. Ibid, p. 181.
  31. On the theme of culture and catastrophe, see Steven Aschheim, Culture and Catastrophe: German and Jewish Confrontations with National Socialism and Other Crises (New York: New York University Press, 1996).
  32. For his overview of Europe, see Mosse, The Culture of Western Europe.
  33. Idem, Confronting History, p. 219.
  34. Mosse did not express himself in writing extensively on the subject of Israel and the Arabs, though his views were generally in support of the efforts to reach a compromise peace with the Palestinians.
  35. Mosse, Confronting History, p. 192.