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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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"[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

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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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Preface
Acknowledgments
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
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