Freud for Historians

Paperback | September 1, 1993

byPeter Gay

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Is psychoanalysis a legitimate tool for helping us understand the past? Many traditional historians have answered with an emphatic no, greeting the introduction of Freud into historical study with responses ranging from condescending skepticism to outrage. Now Peter Gay, one of America'sleading historians, builds an eloquent case for "history informed by psychoanalysis" and offers an impressive rebuttal to the charges of the profession's anti-Freudians. In this book, Gay takes on the opposition's arguments, defending psychoanalysis as a discipline that can enhance social, economic, and literary studies. No mere polemic, Freud for Historians is a thoughtful and detailed contribution to a major intellectual debate.

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Is psychoanalysis a legitimate tool for helping us understand the past? Many traditional historians have answered with an emphatic no, greeting the introduction of Freud into historical study with responses ranging from condescending skepticism to outrage. Now Peter Gay, one of America'sleading historians, builds an eloquent case fo...

Peter Gay is at University of Yale.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.99 × 5.39 × 0.51 inPublished:September 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019504228X

ISBN - 13:9780195042283

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"Delightful....Gay deals constructively and candidly with genuine difficulties historians have found with Freud....We should all be grateful for this graceful, wise, and witty essay that makes us more sensitive to the complexities of the human experience and urges historians to join forceswith psychoanalysts in an amicable search for the truth about the past."--American Historical Review