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Nazi Culture: Intellectual, Cultural and Social Life in the Third Reich (George L. Mosse Series in Modern European Cultural and Intel)

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    What was life like under the Third Reich? What went on between parents and children?  What were the prevailing attitudes about sex, morality, religion? How did workers perceive the effects of the New Order in the workplace? What were the cultural currents—in art, music, science, education, drama, and on the radio?

    Professor Mosses extensive analysis of Nazi culture—groundbreaking upon its original publication in 1966—is now offered to readers of a new generation. Selections from newspapers, novellas, plays, and diaries as well as the public pronouncements of Nazi leaders, churchmen, and professors describe National Socialism in practice and explore what it meant for the average German.

    By recapturing the texture of culture and thought under the Third Reich, Mosses work still resonates today—as a document of everyday life in one of historys darkest eras and as a living memory that reminds us never to forget.

Synopsis:

A taboo-breaker and a great provocateur, George L. Mosse (1918–99) was one of the great historians of the twentieth century, forging a new historiography of culture that included brilliant insights about the roles of nationalism, fascism, racism, and sexuality. Jewish, gay, and a member of a culturally elite family in Germany, Mosse came of age as the Nazis came to power, before escaping as a teenager to England and America. Mosse was innovative and interdisciplinary as a scholar, and he shattered in his groundbreaking books prevalent assumptions about the nature of National Socialism and the Holocaust. He audaciously drew a link from bourgeois respectability and the ideology of the Enlightenment—the very core of modern Western civilization—to the extermination of the European Jews.
            In this intellectual biography of George Mosse, Karel Plessini draws on all of Mosse's published and unpublished work to illuminate the origins and development of his groundbreaking methods of historical analysis and the close link between his life and work. He redefined the understanding of modern mass society and politics, masterfully revealing the powerful influence of conformity and political liturgies on twentieth-century history. Mosse warned against the dangers inherent in acquiescence, showing how identity creation and ideological fervor can climax in intolerance and mass murder—a message of continuing relevance.

Synopsis:

George L. Mosse's extensive analysis of Nazi culture--ground breaking upon its original publication in 1966--is now offered to readers of a new generation. Selections from newspapers, novellas, plays, and diaries as well as the public pronouncements of Nazi leaders, churchmen, and professors describe National Socialism in practice and explore what is meant for the average German.

About the Author

George L. Mosse (1919-1999) was the John C. Bascom Professor of European History and the Weinstein-Bascom Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has long been recognized as one of the most creative and innovative historians of modern Europe during the second half of the nineteenth century. His research ranged from the Protestant Reformation and the seventeenth century to the political, social and cultural history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Mosse revolutionized the study of Nazism and facism, and opened new dimensions in such diverse fields as nationalism, racism, historical memory and symbolism, the commemoration of mass death, German-Jewish history, and the history of sexuality and the body. No other Europeanist historian of the later twentieth century exhibited so broad a range of research and analysis.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                             
Introduction: The Serpent and the Dove                               
            The "Eternal Emigrant"
            Why an Intellectual Biography of George L. Mosse?
            The Link between Life and Work
            Machiavellism and the Holocaust
            The Great Provocateur
Chapter 1. From Machiavellism to Totalitarianism                          
            Political Concerns
            Thomas Hobbes as the "Voice of the Future"
            The Serpent and the Dove: The Question of Political Morality
            From Machiavellism to National Socialism
Chapter 2. Beyond the History of Intellectuals                                
            From Ideas to Ideologies: The Turn to Popular Culture
            Between Consensus, Nihilism, and Propaganda
            From Nihilism to Liturgy: The Religion of Fascism
            Beyond the History of Intellectuals
Chapter 3. The Roots of the Anthropological and Visual Turn                                
            The Anthropological Turn: Myth
            Anthropology and Mass Movements
            Between Rationalism and Irrationality
            History and Psychology: Rationalizations, Motivations, Perceptions
            Anthropology and Historicism
            The Visual Turn: Aesthetics and Architecture
            Toward New Perspectives
Chapter 4. The Dark Side of Modernity                               
            The "Failure of the Enlightenment"
            Nationalism, Racism, and Respectability
            Modernity and the Great War
Chapter 5. From Machiavellism to the Holocaust                            
            Nihilism and the Holocaust
            Respectability and the Holocaust
            Reconsidering the "Ideal Bourgeois"
Chapter 6. The Missing Link: The Nationalist Revolution                           
            The Fear of Ideology
            The Building Blocks of a General Theory: Fascism as Revolution
            The Missing Link: Fascism as a Nationalist Revolution
            The World through the Eyes of Its Faiths
Chapter 7. The "True Mission of Judaism"                          
            George Mosse, Zionism, and the Reality of Israel
            A Heritage Rediscovered: Redemption by Judaism
            Between Nationalism and Patriotism
            The "True Mission of Judaism"
Chapter 8. The Granitic Foundation of a Faith                                 
            The Meaning of History
            The Devil's Advocate
            The "History of Perceptions"
Conclusion: George L. Mosse's Legacy                                 
            Mosse's Work between Recognition and Neglect
            Mosse as Émigré Historian
            The Message of a Life
 
Notes             
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780299193041
Author:
Mosse, George L.
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Author:
Plessini, Karel
Location:
Madison, Wisc.
Subject:
Intellectual life
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
National socialism and art.
Subject:
National socialism and religion.
Subject:
National socialism and intellectuals
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Communism & Socialism
Subject:
Germany Intellectual life 20th century.
Subject:
Politics-Leftist Studies
Subject:
Scientists & Psychologists
Edition Description:
1
Series:
George L. Mosse series in modern European cultural and intellectual history
Series Volume:
1339
Publication Date:
20031031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
456
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.8 in

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"Synopsis" by , A taboo-breaker and a great provocateur, George L. Mosse (1918–99) was one of the great historians of the twentieth century, forging a new historiography of culture that included brilliant insights about the roles of nationalism, fascism, racism, and sexuality. Jewish, gay, and a member of a culturally elite family in Germany, Mosse came of age as the Nazis came to power, before escaping as a teenager to England and America. Mosse was innovative and interdisciplinary as a scholar, and he shattered in his groundbreaking books prevalent assumptions about the nature of National Socialism and the Holocaust. He audaciously drew a link from bourgeois respectability and the ideology of the Enlightenment—the very core of modern Western civilization—to the extermination of the European Jews.
            In this intellectual biography of George Mosse, Karel Plessini draws on all of Mosse's published and unpublished work to illuminate the origins and development of his groundbreaking methods of historical analysis and the close link between his life and work. He redefined the understanding of modern mass society and politics, masterfully revealing the powerful influence of conformity and political liturgies on twentieth-century history. Mosse warned against the dangers inherent in acquiescence, showing how identity creation and ideological fervor can climax in intolerance and mass murder—a message of continuing relevance.
"Synopsis" by , George L. Mosse's extensive analysis of Nazi culture--ground breaking upon its original publication in 1966--is now offered to readers of a new generation. Selections from newspapers, novellas, plays, and diaries as well as the public pronouncements of Nazi leaders, churchmen, and professors describe National Socialism in practice and explore what is meant for the average German.
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