• George L. Mosse's 80th Birthday 1
    Professor Rudy Koshar and Professor George L. Mosse
  • Australian Cemetery in Shrapnel Gully
    Australian Cemetery in Shrapnel Gully
  • Mosse Fest 2014 - Audience
    Mosse Fest 2014 - Audience
  • Mosse 10 Year Anniversary 1
    Mosse 10 Year Anniversary 1
  • Mosse "M" from Berliner Tageblatt
    Mosse "M" from Berliner Tageblatt
  • 2012 Mosse Graduate Exchange 2
    2012 Mosse Graduate Exchange 2
  • Mosse Bldg 8
    Mosse Bldg 8 - Facebook Photo Contest Winner!
  • Na'ama Cohen, Karen Michaeli, Tali Berner
    Na'ama Cohen, Karen Michaeli, Tali Berner
  • Hanan Harif, Britt Tevis, John Tortorice
    Hanan Harif, Britt Tevis, John Tortorice
  • Mosse Reading
    Mosse Reading: ca. 1932, 1992
  • 1921-1922 Berliner Tageblatt
    1921-1922 Berliner Tageblatt
  • 1982 r. Mosse with students, 2015 l. Mosse with Students and Peer Advisors
    1982 r. Mosse with students, 2015 l. Mosse with Students and Peer Advisors
  • Peer Advisor Bulletin Board
    Peer Advisor Bulletin Board
  • Mosse Building 7
    Mosse Building 7
  • Mosse Fest 2014 - November 18 Opening Video
    Mosse Fest 2014 - November 18 Opening Video
  • Mosse Books through UW Press
    Mosse Books through UW Press
  • Mosse Building 3
    Mosse Building 3
  • 2010 Mosse Graduate Student Exchange 1
    2010 Mosse Graduate Student Exchange 1
  • Klaus Berghahn, Simone Schweber, John Tortorice, Yohai Cohen
    Klaus Berghahn, Simone Schweber, John Tortorice, Yohai Cohen
  • Mosse Building 2
    Mosse Building 2
  • Hindenburgitis
    Hindenburgitis
  • Mosse Fest 2014 - John Tortorice Introduces Paul Buhle
    Mosse Fest 2014 - John Tortorice Introduces Paul Buhle
  • Volkerkrieg 1914-15
    Volkerkrieg 1914-15
  • Mosse Fest 2014 - Avinoam Yuval Naeh, John Tortorice, Mishy Harman
    Mosse Fest 2014 - Avinoam Yuval Naeh, John Tortorice, Mishy Harman
  • Die Sonne sank im Westen
    Die Sonne sank im Westen
  • Mosse Fest 2014 - John Tortorice Introduces Paul Buhle 2
    Mosse Fest 2014 - John Tortorice Introduces Paul Buhle 2
  • Mein Blut farbt rot den kuhlen Sand
    Mein Blut farbt rot den kuhlen Sand
  • Mosse Fest 2014 - Mayor Paul Soglin gives talk "Everything is Political"
    Mosse Fest 2014 - Mayor Paul Soglin gives talk "Everything is Political"
  • Mosse Fest 2014 - NickThorkelson gives talk "Mosse, Popular Culture, and Doing 'Graphic' History
    Mosse Fest 2014 - Nick Thorkelson gives talk "Mosse, Popular Culture, and Doing 'Graphic' History
  • Mosse Fest 2014 - Mayor Paul Soglin and Paul Buhle answer questions
    Mosse Fest 2014 - Mayor Paul Soglin and Paul Buhle answer questions
  • 2010 Mosse Graduate Student Exchange 2
    2010 Mosse Graduate Student Exchange 2
  • Sein Hauptmann
    Sein Hauptmann
  • George L. Mosse's 80th Birthday 1
    Professor Steven Aschheim and Professor George L. Mosse
  • Waisman Center - John Tortorice
    Waisman Center - John Tortorice
  • Mich erbarmt des Volks
    Mich erbarmt des Volks
  • 2009 - Ethan Katz
    2009 - Ethan Katz, David Sorkin, John Tortorice, David McDonald
  • Menin Gate Ypres, Belgium
    Menin Gate Ypres, Belgium
  • 1982 - George Mosse Festschrift
    1982 - George Mosse Festschrift
  • Deutscher Krieger-Friedhof
    Deutscher Krieger-Friedhof
  • Den Namenlosen
    Den Namenlosen
  • Gruss aus Verdun
    Gruss aus Verdun
  • 2012 Mosse Graduate Exchange 1
    2012 Mosse Graduate Exchange 1
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  • For Mosse, the fact that the study of myths, rites, and symbols in mass movements did not wither away within the temporal confines of the first half of the twentieth century, nor in the systemic and political confines of totalitarian regimes was crucial for the sustainability of democratic regimes. The various actors and protagonists in democratic regimes also find themselves having to come to terms with the necessity of mobilizing the masses, of proposing a Weltanschauung, a vision of existence that is capable of answering the most fundamental questions, of offering, in other words, a realized vision of Man, of the State, of society, and of the historical process. The parties of mass movements compete on the ground with myths and symbols and they battle for the individual soul, and mass consensus, especially within a context like that of the Cold War, rightly defined as a “war of representation” or, alternatively, a war “for hearts and minds” and, in any case, a concept that claimed for itself its own dimension of religious competition. Mosse saw the danger of a political situation in which such a large part of the population was alienated from governmental institutions and was, in fact, actively opposed to them. - From: George L. Mosse, Intervista su Aldo Moro, A cura di Alfonso Alfonsi (Rubbettino, 2015).
  • In this 1991 interview with Jean Feraca for Wisconsin Public Radio, George Mosse comments on how racism had again become "respectable" in U.S. politics. The topic of the interview was the political campaign of David Duke for governor of Louisiana, and the Willie Horton ads employed by the Bush campaign. Mosse also addresses the nature and mechanics of reactionary mass politics: "The danger is that one way to integrating the underclass, the disenfranchised, into society, is, in fact, through demagoguery. Yes? Not through democracy as we know it, but through demagoguery, through leadership. Yes? Through making them participate."
  • The Mosse Program is a direct beneficiary of current restitution efforts to locate and return the art collection of Rudolf Mosse (grandfather of George L. Mosse). The most recently restored work is this Antonine-era mummy portrait. For recent developments, and for more information, visit the Mosse Art Project.

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George L. Mosse Program Mission Statement:

George L. Mosse, a great historian, teacher, mentor, and friend, graced the UW-Madison campus for some forty years, and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem for some twenty years creating a vital and variegated international intellectual community. The mission of the Mosse Program, which he endowed, is to support and sustain international scholarship and provide opportunities for generations of scholars to experience that community through graduate, post-doctoral, faculty exchange, graduate fellowships, scholarly publications, conferences, online courses, a digital archive project, exhibits, and visiting scholars. The Mosse Program supports and sustains an international scholarly community informed by multiple perspectives and cultural traditions exemplified by George L. Mosse.

The Program has provided direct support to over 130 graduate and undergraduate students, offering opportunities that are often not available at public universities. For more information on the Mosse Program, and its varied activities please visit us at: mosseprogram.wisc.edu or email Skye Doney at: doney@wisc.edu.