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Confronting History: A Memoir

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Just two weeks before his death in January 1999, George L. Mosse, one of this century’s great historians, finished writing his memoir, a fascinating and fluent account of a remarkable life that spanned three continents and many of the major events of the twentieth century. Writing about the events of his life through a historian’s lens, Mosse gives us a personal history of ...more
Hardcover, 238 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by University of Wisconsin Press (first published June 27th 2000)
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Mar 27, 2015 Erika rated it it was ok
My mother was George Mosse's second cousin, and although I never met him, I grew up hearing a lot of the same stories he tells about his ancestral family. So, I started his memoir with a great deal of excitement.
Unfortunately, that didn't last.
I have no doubt that Mosse was a wonderful scholar and interesting person, but to my mind, he wasn't cut out to be a biographer. His descriptions of people and events should be fascinating yet the story never quite takes off, which is sad because his lif
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German-born American social and cultural historian.

Mosse authored 25 books on a variety of fields, from English constitutional law, Lutheran theology, to the history of fascism, Jewish history, and the history of masculinity.

He was perhaps best-known for his books and articles that redefined the discussion and interpretation of Nazism.
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