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George Lachmann Mosse (September 20, 1918, Berlin, Germany-January 22, 1999, Madison, United States) was a German-born American left-wing Jewish gay historian of fascism in general and Nazi Germany in particular. He saw fascists as "scavengers" who took bits of other ideologies to create a new one. September 20 is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years). ... 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... (help· info), IPA: , is the capital city as well as a state of Germany, and also the countrys largest city. ... January 22 is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... // Person Name Traditionally, Madison was a surname, meaning son of Maud. ... In politics, left-wing, political left, leftism, or simply the left, are terms which refer (with no particular precision) to the segment of the political spectrum typically associated with any of several strains of socialism, social democracy, or liberalism (especially in the American sense of the word), or with opposition... Jews (Hebrew: יהודים, Yehudim) are followers of Judaism or, more generally, members of the Jewish people (also known as the Jewish nation, or the Children of Israel), an ethno-religious group descended from the ancient Israelites and converts who joined their religion. ... In modern society, gay is a word which can be used as either a noun or adjective. ... A historian is a person who studies history. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Nazi Germany, or the Third Reich, commonly refers to Germany in the years 1933–1945, when it was under the firm control of the totalitarian and fascist ideology of the Nazi Party, with the Führer Adolf Hitler as dictator. ...


Mosse was born in Berlin into one of Germany's richest Jewish families. The Mosse family owned a large chain of newspapers including several of the most prestigious papers in Germany, most notably the Berliner Tagesblatt. Mosse was educated at an exclusive boys' school run by former Army officers, where, as a frail youth, he had difficulty with the demanding physical education regime imposed on the pupils. In 1933, the Mosse family fled Germany to Britain. In 1936, Mosse moved to the United States. Despite his background, Mosse was a self-proclaimed "Marxist of the heart", meaning that while he did not believe in Marxism as a theory, he nonetheless sympathized with it as an ideology. Mosse graduated with a BS from Haverford College in 1941 and from Harvard with a PhD in 1946. He served as professor at the University of Iowa (1944-1955), the University of Wisconsin from 1955 onwards,and also the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. (help· info), IPA: , is the capital city as well as a state of Germany, and also the countrys largest city. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film) 1941 (MCMXLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1941 calendar). ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... The University of Iowa is a major national research university located on a 1,900-acre campus in Iowa City, Iowa, USA, on the Iowa River in East Central Iowa. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1955 (MCMLV in Roman) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The University of Wisconsin is a public university in the state of Wisconsin. ... 1955 (MCMLV in Roman) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Initially, Mosse began as an expert on family life in Tudor and Stuart England, but from the early 1960s on, he frequently wrote about Nazi Germany, Fascism, anti-Semitism, and Jewish history. Later, Mosse wrote about the history of sexuality. He specialized in developing arguments about how symbols were created and used by leaders to win and keep followers. Another major interest for Mosse was the brutalization of politics, especially in the Nazi era. For Mosse, fascism was not a rational ideology, but was rather the expression of irrational feelings. Yet another area of interest for Mosse was the intellectual origin of Nazism. Allegory of the Tudor dynasty (detail), attributed to Lucas de Heere, ca 1572: left to right, Philip II of Spain, Mary, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Elizabeth The Tudor period usually refers to the historical period between 1485 and 1558, especially in relation to the history of England. ... Stuart is a semi-common surname and male first name. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Nazi Germany, or the Third Reich, commonly refers to Germany in the years 1933–1945, when it was under the firm control of the totalitarian and fascist ideology of the Nazi Party, with the Führer Adolf Hitler as dictator. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Eternal Jew: 1937 German poster. ... Jewish history is the history of the Jewish people, faith (Judaism) and culture. ...


After the unification of Germany in 1990, Mosse petitioned, with considerable success, to reclaim the family property that had been expropriated by both the Nazis and the Communists. At his death in 1999, Mosse was a wealthy man, and he left the bulk of his estate to fund History scholarships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Work

  • The Struggle for Sovereignty in England from the Reign of Queen Elizabeth to the Petition of Right, 1950.
  • The Holy Pretence: A Study in Christianity and Reason of State from William Perkins to John Winthrop, 1957.
  • The Culture of Western Europe: The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, An Introduction , 1961.
  • The Crisis of German Ideology: Intellectual Origins of the Third Reich, 1964.
  • Nazi Culture: Intellectual, Cultural and Social Life in the Third Reich, edited by G.L Mosse 1966.
  • 1914: The Coming of the First World War, co-edited with Walter Laqueur, 1966.
  • Literature and Politics in the Twentieth Century, co-edited with Walter Laqueur, 1967.
  • German and Jews: The Right, the Left, and the Search for a "Third Force" in Pre-Nazi Germany, 1970.
  • Historians in Politics co-edited with Walter Laqueur, 1974.
  • Jews and Non-Jews in Eastern Europe, 1918-1945 co-edited with Bela Vago, 1974.
  • The Nationalization of the Masses: Political Symbolism and Mass Movements in Germany from the Napoleonic Wars through the Third Reich, 1975.
  • co-written with Michael Ledeen Nazism: a Historical and Comparative Analysis of National Socialism, 1978.
  • Toward the Final Solution: A History of European Racism, 1978.
  • International Fascism: New Thoughts and New Approaches, edited by G.L Mosse, 1979.
  • Masses and Man: Nationalist and Fascist Perceptions of Reality, 1980.
  • German Jews beyond Judaism, 1985.
  • Nationalism and Sexuality: Middle-Class Morality and Sexual Norms in Modern Europe, 1985.
  • Fallen Soldiers: Reshaping the Memory of the World Wars, 1990.
  • Confronting the Nation: Jewish and Western Nationalism, 1993.
  • The Image of Man: The Creation of Modern Masculinity, 1996.
  • Confronting History (autobiography), 2000.

Michael Ledeen (born August 1, 1941) is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. ...

References

  • Ascheim, Steven "Between Rationality and Irrationalism: George L. Mosse, The Holocaust and European Cultural History" pages 187-202 from Simon Wiesenthal Center Annual, Volume 5, 1988.
  • Drescher, Seymour; Sabean, David Warren; Sharlin, Allan (editors) Political Symbolism in Modern Europe: Essays in Honor of Geogre L. Mosse, New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction, 1982.
  • Herf, Jeffrey "The Historian as Provocateur: George Mosse's Accomplishment and Legacy" pages 7-26 from Vad Vashem Studies, Volume XXIX, Jerusalem, 2001.

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