Psychology and Historical Interpretation / Edition 1

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Overview


What contributions can psychology make toward understanding the course of individual lives and the flow of historical events? After an introduction which reviews the intellectual and institutional history of the field, chapters by distinguished contributors explore the uses of psychoanalysis, neo-analytic theory, and academic psychology in historical interpretation. Substantive examples range from Joseph Stalin to Alice James, sexuality in Victorian England, the U.S. Continental Congress, and advances in psychohistorical studies of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. The conclusion re-examines the conceptual foundations of psychohistory, outlining its differentiated internal structure and its relationships to adjacent fields such as psychological anthropology, historical sociology, and political psychology. The volume as a whole is intended to advance and deepen the debate about the relationships between psychology, biography, and historical interpretation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195053289
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1988
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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University of California, Berkeley
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. An Historical and Conceptual Background to Psychohistory, W.M. Runyan
PART I: Case Studies in Biography and Psychology
2. A Stalin Biographer's Memoir, R.C. Tucker
3. Commentary on "A Stalin Biographer's Memoir", A. Dallin
4. Alice James: A Family Romance, J. Strouse
PART II: The Uses of Psychoanalysis and Psychology in Historical Interpretation
5. Psychoanalysis in History, P. Gay
6. Commentary on "Psychoanalysis in History", P. Paret
7. Psychoanalytic Models of History: Freud and After, P. Loewenberg
8. Commentary on "Psychoanalytic Models of History: Freud and After", R.S. Wallerstein
9. The Problem of Subjectivity in History, F. Weinstein
10. Commentary on "The Problem of Subjectivity in History", F. Crews
11. Assessing the Personalities of Historical Figures, K.H. Craik
12. Alternatives to Psychoanalytic Psychobiography, W.M. Runyan
PART III: Conclusion and Future Directions
13. Reconceptualizing the Relationships Between History and Psychology, W.M. Runyan

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