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Fascination with the Persecutor: George L. Mosse and the Catastrophe of Modern Man. By Emilio Gentile. Translated by John Tedeschi and Anne Tedeschi. George L. Mosse Series in the History of European Culture, Sexuality, and Ideas. Edited by Steven E. Aschheim, Skye Doney, Mary Louise Roberts, and David J. Sorkin. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2021. Pp. xxii+242. $39.95

Berkowitz, Michael; (2023) Fascination with the Persecutor: George L. Mosse and the Catastrophe of Modern Man. By Emilio Gentile. Translated by John Tedeschi and Anne Tedeschi. George L. Mosse Series in the History of European Culture, Sexuality, and Ideas. Edited by Steven E. Aschheim, Skye Doney, Mary Louise Roberts, and David J. Sorkin. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2021. Pp. xxii+242. $39.95. [Review]. The Journal of Modern History , 95 (3) pp. 692-693. 10.1086/725959.

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Abstract

George L. Mosse (1918–99), a foremost scholar of European cultural history in the second half of the twentieth century, was born into a highly acculturated and affluent Jewish family in Berlin. His father published a daily newspaper, the Berliner Tageblatt, and oversaw a world-wide advertising business. In his teens George (then Gerhard) fled to Britain as a refugee from Hitler’s Germany. He attended a Quaker boarding school in Yorkshire and began studying at Cambridge. On a holiday visit to see his parents, who were then in the United States, George was stranded when World War II broke out. He made his way to Haverford College, which accepted him on the spot, finished his BA, and pursued his PhD at Harvard in premodern British history. After 1945 he taught at Iowa, then the University of Wisconsin. Encouraged by his respective home departments, the focus of his teaching moved toward continental European and German history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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Title: Fascination with the Persecutor: George L. Mosse and the Catastrophe of Modern Man. By Emilio Gentile. Translated by John Tedeschi and Anne Tedeschi. George L. Mosse Series in the History of European Culture, Sexuality, and Ideas. Edited by Steven E. Aschheim, Skye Doney, Mary Louise Roberts, and David J. Sorkin. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2021. Pp. xxii+242. $39.95
Location: USA
DOI: 10.1086/725959
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1086/725959
Language: English
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10181501
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