While Eric J. Hobsbawm was clearly contrary to the “cultural turn” among historians in the 1970s, George L. Mosse was one of the foremost protagonists of it. For this reason Mosse’s writings were difficult, not so much to accept but rather to truly understand for a whole generation of scholars. Paradoxically, it was following the lead of Past & Present that historians dedicated renewed attention to the symbolic and irrational dimensions of politics. The consequence has been a long list of studies on the history of mass politics which used the approaches of Hobsbawm and Mosse indiscriminately without realizing that, in reality, the two ran completely counter to one another. It is the time of a necessary clarification of concepts and interpretations.
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