Decoding The Past / Edition 1

Decoding The Past / Edition 1

by Peter Loewenberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 1560008466

ISBN-13: 9781560008460

Pub. Date: 02/15/2005

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

In Decoding the Past, Peter Loewenberg has collected eleven of his brilliant essays on psychohistory, a discipline that has emerged from the synthesis of traditional historical analysis and clinical psychoanalysis. He surveys this relatively new field—its methods and its problems—to show the special contributions that psychoanalysis can make to

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In Decoding the Past, Peter Loewenberg has collected eleven of his brilliant essays on psychohistory, a discipline that has emerged from the synthesis of traditional historical analysis and clinical psychoanalysis. He surveys this relatively new field—its methods and its problems—to show the special contributions that psychoanalysis can make to history. He then further explores the psychohistorical method by applying it to studies of personality, cultures, groups, and mass movements, demonstrating that psychohistory offers one of the most powerful of interpretive approaches to history.

Decoding the Past is an impressive study that demonstrates the range of Loewenberg's own work in history and psychoanalysis and the full promise of an important and innovative methodology for others. His new essay takes up many of the criticisms and concerns raised about the method of psychohistory, and offers a cogent defense for its continued usage.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560008460
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
02/15/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
332
Sales rank:
1,131,831
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Preface
Acknowledgments
On Psychohistory: A Statement on Method3
Pt. IPsychoanalysis and History: The Scope of the Problem9
Psychohistory: An Overview of the Field14
Pt. IIThe Education of a Psychohistorian43
Emotional Problems of Graduate Education48
The Graduate Years: What Kind of Passage?59
Love and Hate in the Academy67
The Psychobiographical Background to Psychohistory: The Langer Family and the Dynamics of Shame and Succes81
Pt. IIIAustrian Portraits: Identity, Murder, and Vacillation97
Theodor Herzl: Nationalism and Politics101
Victor and Friedrich Adler: Revolutionary Politics and Generational Conflict in Austro-Marxism136
Austro-Marxism and Revolution: Otto Bauer, Freud's "Dora" Case, and the Crises of the First Austrian Republic161
Pt. IVThe German Case: Leaders, Followers, and Group Process205
The Unsuccessful Adolescence of Heinrich Himmler209
The Psychohistorical Origins of the Nazi Youth Cohort240
Index285

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