Fantasy and Reality in History / Edition 1

Fantasy and Reality in History / Edition 1

by Peter Loewenberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195067630

ISBN-13: 9780195067637

Pub. Date: 10/28/1995

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In Fantasy and Reality in History, Peter Loewenberg brings what the discipline of psychoanalysis has learned about human conduct and the irrational to bear on the analysis and writing of history. The result is a remarkable series of studies on individual and social anxiety, racism and nationalism, and crisis management.
First examining early twentieth century

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In Fantasy and Reality in History, Peter Loewenberg brings what the discipline of psychoanalysis has learned about human conduct and the irrational to bear on the analysis and writing of history. The result is a remarkable series of studies on individual and social anxiety, racism and nationalism, and crisis management.
First examining early twentieth century Zürich and the first practitioners of psychoanalysis—Freud, C.G. Jung, Karl Abraham, and others—to establish the discipline's understanding of the unconscious and how it functions, Loewenberg then explores the tensions in the lives and politics of modern political leaders. The great British Liberal Prime Minister Walther Rathenau, and the Russian fascist demagogue Vladimir Zhirinovsky are among those studied.
In each of these interconnected essays, Fantasy and Reality in History makes readily evident the advantages, and unique insights, that psychoanalytical techniques can provide in the examination of history. Loewenberg's blend of clinical and historico-political methods not only produces new exciting research, but demonstrates how it is done.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195067637
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
On Psychohistorical Method3
1Why Social Science Needs Psychoanalysis: From Weber to Freud9
2The Pagan Freud16
3Sigmund Freud's Psychosocial Identity33
4The Creation of a Scientific Community: The Burgholzli, 1902-191446
5Gladstone, Sin, and the Bulgarian Horrors93
6The Murder and Mythification of Walther Rathenau108
7Karl Renner and the Politics of Accommodation: Moderation versus Revenge119
8The Inner World of Vladimir Zhirinovsky: The Self-Presentation of a "Hero"142
9Anxiety in History155
10Racism in Comparative Historical Perspective172
11The Psychodynamics of Nationalism192
12Crisis Management: From Therapy to Government and from the Oval Office to the Couch217
Index225

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