The Journal of Psychohistory

The Journal of Psychohistory is an academic journal focusing on Psychohistory

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 1, Summer

A Potent Spell: Mother Love and the Power of Fear
Janna Malamud Smith, A Potent Spell: Mother Love and the Power of Fear. Boston: Houehton Mifflin Co.. 2003.Yes, you read that right: "Mother Love and Fear." Janna Smith's revealing book of how she and her psychotherapy patients and indeed all mothers...
Bush's Need to Use Violence: Alters Being Led by Alters
"...the king himself hath / a heavy reckoning to make,when all those legs, and/arms, and heads,chopped off in a battle, shall join / together at the latter day,and cry all 'We died at/such a place'; some swearing,some crying for a/surgeon; some upon...
Corporal Punishment and Other Formative Experiences Associated with Violent Crimes
PRIOR RESEARCH ON VIOLENT CRIMESFrequency of violent crimes by individuals has been measured in a sample of diverse societies. Murdock and White (1969)1 selected a world sample of 186 societies, each linguistically and geographically separated from the...
God's War: A New History of the Crusades
Christopher iyerman, God's War: A New History of the Crusades. Cambridge: Belknap Press, 2006.If you, like me, always wondered why all of Christendom suddenly went on two centuries of Crusades to kill non-Christians, you will not find your answer in...
Huck's Raft: A History of American Childhood
Huck's Raft: A History of American Childhood, Steven Mintz. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2004. 445 pp.Although the author, a history professor at the University of Houston, is not tuned into psychohistory, at least to the version we profess that...
Motherhood in America vs. Austria
Motherhood in America vs. Austria Judith Warner, Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety. New York: Riverhead, 2007.Judith Warner, mother and author of the book Perfect Madness-Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety, shows in sharp observations the...
Some Antagonisms of Modernity
Some Antagonisms of Modernity Josef Joffe, Ueberpower: The Imperial Temptation of America. New York: W. W. Norton, 2006.Taking a look at transnational relationships, several contradictions seem to become clearer after the end of the Cold War, showing...
Stalin's Loss and Shame
In Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's semi-autobiographical novel Cancer Ward (1968), the post-Stalin scene is set in the year 1955, in the Soviet Republic of Uzbekistan. The first signs of withdrawal from the Stalin era and its cult of personality have become...
Swaddled Nation: Modern Mother Russia and a Psychohistorical Reassessment of Stalin
Will we soon be using the phrase "Putinism"? After all, if we take a quick look at the headlines, totalitarian rule in Russia under Vladimir Putin may be reemerging. Conventional social scientists in the West see Putin's duty clearly laid out in front...
The Modernization of Fatherhood: A Social and Political History
The Modernization of Fatherhood: A Social and Political History, Ralph LaRossa, Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1997. 287 pp.Ralph LaRossa, a sociologist at Georgia State University, begins his survey of American fatherhood by taking a page from...
Transformation in the Lives of Wives
Transformation in the Lives of Wives Susan Maushart, Wifework. New York: Bloomsbury, 2003. Marilyn Yalom, A History of the Wife. New York: Harper Collins, 2001. Stephanie Coontz, Marriage, A History. Viking: New York, 2005.This is a discussion of three...
Why Males Are More Violent
Virtually all of the warriors across history have been male, from tribal to modern times. Similarly, males have perpetrated most of the interpersonal violent crimes: in the U.S., 90% of murderers and 82% of other violent criminals are male. Males even...