Psychology and Historical Interpretation

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William McKinley Runyan
OUP USA, 1988 - 306 pagine
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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Sommario

A Historical and Conceptual Background
3
A Stalin Biographers Memoir
63
Commentary on A Stalin Biographers Memoir
82
Psychoanalysis in History
107
Freud and After
126
The Problem of Subjectivity in History
166
Commentary on The Problem of Subjectivity
187
Assessing the Personalities of Historical Figures
196
Alternatives to Psychoanalytic Psychobiography
219
Reconceptualizing the Relationships Between
247
Index
297
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Informazioni sull'autore (1988)

William McKinley Runyan is at University of California, Berkeley.

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