The Journal of Psychohistory

The Journal of Psychohistory is an academic journal focusing on Psychohistory

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 2, Fall

A Brief History of Anti-Semitism in Poland
Prior to the Holocaust, Poland was the center of Jewish culture and learning. When the Jews were expelled from various Western countries, the Poles accepted them and, in the modern era, Poland was numerically the center of the Jewish Diaspora. The tide...
Fratricide in the Holy Land: A Psychoanalytic View of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Avner Falk, Fratricide in the Holy Land: A Psychoanalytic View of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. University of Wisconsin Press, 2004. 250 pp.The Arab-Israeli conflict is the most intractable international struggle in the world today. With great mastery and...
Growing Up: The History of Childhood in a Global Context
Peter N. Stearns, Growing Up: The History of Childhood in a Global Context. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2005.Peter Stearns is author and editor of over 40 books, most of them on behavioral history. He calls his work "psychohistory." However, in this...
Insights from Psychoanalysis and Psychohistory on Terrorism, Suicidal Terrorism, and the Search for Information on Osama Bin Laden
Below I utilize my experience as a psychoanalyst, psychohistorian, editor of a psychological publication, and professor teaching about the psychology of terrorism, suicide, suicidal terrorism, and war to probe the complex psychological aspects of these...
Provoking War: An American Repetition Compulsion
Most countries go to war on the average every 20 to 25 years, and the United States is probably the leader. (Sweden and Switzerland are unique since they haven't been to war for over 160 years.) Many people have learned to make money off of this repetition...
The Perils of Identification: The Question of Bias in Psychohistorical Writing
Vamik Volkan, Killing in the Name of Identity: A Study of Bloody Conflicts. Pitchstone Publishing, 2006.In the first part of this essay I will briefly review Vamik Volkan 's Killing in the Name of Identity: a Study of Bloody Conflicts, his latest book...
The Psychology and Neurobiology of Violence
In the past two decades over a hundred careful studies have shown that violence is the result of insecure/disorganized early attachments. Furthermore, in recent years major advances in neurobiological techniques have revealed how these early disordered...
Western State-Sponsored Terrorism and the Strategy of Tension
Western State-Sponsored Terrorism and the Strategy of Tension Daniele Ganser, NATO's Secret Armies: Operation Gladio and Terrorism in Western Europe. London: Frank Cass, 2005, 315 pp.You had to attack civilians, the people, women, children, innocent...