What History Tells: George L. Mosse and the Culture of by Walter Laqueur, Stanley G. Payne, David J. Sorkin, John S.

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    What background Tells offers a powerful selection of severe papers from the September 2001 convention "An Historian’s Legacy: George L. Mosse and up to date study on Fascism, Society, and Culture." This publication examines his historiographical legacy first in the context of his personal existence and the interior improvement of his paintings, and secondly by means of tracing the various ways that Mosse motivated the following examine of latest background, eu cultural background and sleek Jewish history. 
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Champion with the assistance of R. H. Popkin, “Bibliography and Irreligion: Richard Smith’s ‘Observations on the report of a Blasphemous Treatise,’ c. 1671,” Seventeenth Century 10 (1995): 77–99, qtd. 90n. 5. Avihu Zakai, “Theocracy in New England: The Nature and Meaning of the Holy Experience in the Wilderness,” Journal of Religious History 14 (1986): 133–51, refers to several of Mosse’s writings on the English context of American puritanism. Edward H. Davidson, “John Cotton’s Biblical Exegesis: Method and Purposes,” Early American Literature 17 (1982): 119–38, qtd.

Mosse’s own doctoral adviser was Charles Howard McIlwain, who wrote passionately about freedom and constitutional government in a number of works. McIlwain was a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian of early modern English and American constitutional and legal history, and political theory. He came to believe that states are ultimately governed either by force or by law. The rights of individuals and minorities, he claimed, can only be safeguarded where law rules, for any person or group who is above the law can trample on everyone’s freedoms and reduce people to the position of slaves.

Of course, much detailed research has been done since Mosse wrote, and not all of his judgments have stood the test of time. 14 Perhaps still more valuable than the substantive conclusions Mosse reached, however, is the example he set on how to reach them. He was a historian of ideology who refrained from using his writings as a mere vehicle for promoting his own ideological agenda. While McIlwain spelled out the modern implications of his work and made plain his conviction that some past ideas were wickedly wrongheaded, Mosse brought detachment and even sympathy to his analysis of even such unpopular theories as royal absolutism.

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