Psychology and Historical Interpretation by William McKinley Runyan

Psychology and Historical Interpretation

EditorWilliam McKinley Runyan

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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 conclusionre-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 debateabout the relationships between psychology, biography, and historical interpretation.

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William McKinley Runyan is at University of California, Berkeley.

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Title:Psychology and Historical InterpretationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.07 × 5.51 × 0.79 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. W.M. Runyan: An Historical and Conceptual Background to PsychohistoryPART I: Case Studies in Biography and Psychology2. R.C. Tucker: A Stalin Biographer's Memoir3. A. Dallin: Commentary on "A Stalin Biographer's Memoir"4. J. Strouse: Alice James: A Family RomancePART II: The Uses of Psychoanalysis and Psychology in Historical Interpretation5. P. Gay: Psychoanalysis in History6. P. Paret: Commentary on "Psychoanalysis in History"7. P. Loewenberg: Psychoanalytic Models of History: Freud and After8. R.S. Wallerstein: Commentary on "Psychoanalytic Models of History: Freud and After"9. F. Weinstein: The Problem of Subjectivity in History10. F. Crews: Commentary on "The Problem of Subjectivity in History"11. K.H. Craik: Assessing the Personalities of Historical Figures12. W.M. Runyan: Alternatives to Psychoanalytic PsychobiographyPART III: Conclusion and Future Directions13. W.M. Runyan: Reconceptualizing the Relationships Between History and Psychology

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"[Runyan] has taken a valiant stride towards broadening the theoretical repertoire of 'psychohistory.' --New Ideas in Psychology