Decoding The Past / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 30%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $5.00
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 86%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (10) from $5.00   
  • New (5) from $38.72   
  • Used (5) from $5.00   


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.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[This book] is an important collection of essays on the controversial field of psychohistory by someone who has had full training, both hi history and psychoanalysis." —Peter Gay "[T]his is a serious and thoughtful book for anyone interested in the possibility of extending history's manner of understanding itself." —David Weinberger, Philadelphia Inquirer "Peter Loewenberg is the pre-eminent authority in the field of psychohistory. His excellently written essays provide readers with sophisticated and sensible psychohistory." —John J. Fitzpatrick, Choice "Loewenberg has brought not only the method but also the sensitivity and dispassion of the psychoanalyst to his study of the past. He has contributed significantly to historical understanding, and done good service for the movement he represents." —Mark Silk, Boston Globe
An anthology reviewing child care services in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, emphasizing children's rights and preventive strategies in partnership with parents. The collected essays discuss developments in law, policy, and related research; child protection, foster care, residential care, and adoption; and evaluate the outcomes of social work intervention. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560008460
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/15/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Loewenberg is professor of history and political psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a training and supervising analyst of the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute. He has published and lectured widely in America, Europe, China, and Israel.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
On Psychohistory: A Statement on Method 3
Pt. I Psychoanalysis and History: The Scope of the Problem 9
Psychohistory: An Overview of the Field 14
Pt. II The Education of a Psychohistorian 43
Emotional Problems of Graduate Education 48
The Graduate Years: What Kind of Passage? 59
Love and Hate in the Academy 67
The Psychobiographical Background to Psychohistory: The Langer Family and the Dynamics of Shame and Succes 81
Pt. III Austrian Portraits: Identity, Murder, and Vacillation 97
Theodor Herzl: Nationalism and Politics 101
Victor and Friedrich Adler: Revolutionary Politics and Generational Conflict in Austro-Marxism 136
Austro-Marxism and Revolution: Otto Bauer, Freud's "Dora" Case, and the Crises of the First Austrian Republic 161
Pt. IV The German Case: Leaders, Followers, and Group Process 205
The Unsuccessful Adolescence of Heinrich Himmler 209
The Psychohistorical Origins of the Nazi Youth Cohort 240
Index 285
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)