The Leader

Psychohistorical Essays

  • Charles B. Strozier
  • Daniel Offer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Charles B. Strozier, Daniel Offer
      Pages 3-8
    3. Charles B. Strozier, Daniel Offer
      Pages 9-19
    4. Charles B. Strozier, Daniel Offer
      Pages 21-39
    5. Charles B. Strozier, Daniel Offer
      Pages 41-48
    6. Charles B. Strozier, Daniel Offer
      Pages 49-58
    7. Charles B. Strozier, Daniel Offer
      Pages 59-71
    8. Charles B. Strozier, Daniel Offer
      Pages 73-78
  3. Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Charles B. Strozier
      Pages 81-110
    3. Hyman Muslin, Prakash Desai
      Pages 111-132
    4. Joseph A. Bongiorno
      Pages 133-178
    5. Thomas A. Kohut
      Pages 179-229
    6. Marvin Zonis, Daniel Offer
      Pages 265-298
  4. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 299-299
    2. Daniel Offer, Charles B. Strozier
      Pages 301-311
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 313-324

About this book


PETER GAY The syllabus of errors rehearsing the offenses of psychohistory looks devastating and seems irrefutable: crimes against the English language, crimes against sdentific procedures, crimes against common sense itself. These objects are real enough, but their contours-and their gravity­ mysteriously change with the perspective of the critic. From the outside, psychohistorians are to academic history what psychoanalysts are to academic psychology: a monolithic band of fanatics, making the same errors, committing the same offenses, aH in the same way. But seen close up, psychohistorians (just like psychoanalysts) turn out to be a highly differentiated, even a cheerfuHy contentious, lot. Disciples of Hartmann jostle discoverers of Kohut, imperialists claiming the whole domain of the past debate with modest isolationists, orthodox Freudians who insist that psychoanalysis engrosses the arsenal of psychohistorical method find themselves beleaguered by sociological revisionists. The charges that confound some psychohistorians glance off the armor of others. Yet there are three potent objections, aimed at the heart of psy­ chohistory, however it is conceived, that the psychohistorian ignores at his periI. It would be a convenient, but it is a whoHy unacceptable, defense to dismiss them as forms of resistance. The days are gone when the advocates of psychoanalysis could checkmate reasoned critidsms by psychoanalyzing the critic. To summarize these objections, psychohistory is Utopian, vulgar, ix x FOREWORD and trivial.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Charles B. Strozier
    • 1
    • 2
  • Daniel Offer
    • 3
  1. 1.Sangamon State UniversitySpringfieldUSA
  2. 2.Michael Reese Hospital and Medical CenterChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Michael Reese Hospital and Medical CenterUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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