The Journal of Psychohistory

The Journal of Psychohistory is an academic journal focusing on Psychohistory

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 3, Winter

Denial of Death: America in Decline
Wars and persecutions are, at bottom, expressions of rivalry between contending claims to immortality and ultimate spiritual power.- Robert J. LiftonSince the publication of Freud's classic works, Beyond the Pleasure Principle, The Future of an Illusion,...
Psychology and History of Swaddling: Part Two: The Abolishment of Swaddling from the 16th Century until Today
I am tied down; I want to raise my arms, but I cannot do it, and I wail and weep.- Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, First Recollections, 1878SWADDLING IN THE MODERN ERAIn all of Europe swaddling was probably common in Early Modern Times. A woodcut of 1555 (on...
Scapegoats and Sacred Cows: The Ideology of American State Capitalism
I am currently writing a book about the economic crisis of America's middle class, which I have considered entitling "No More Sacred Cows and Scapegoats." I intend this book to be a manifesto for a progressive mass movement capable of counteracting the...
The Crisis Enters Year Five
The current capitalist global crisis began with the severe contraction in the housing markets in mid-2007. Therefore welcome to Year Five. This inventory of where things stand may begin with the good news: the major banks, the stock market, and corporate...
The Long History of Europeans Slaughtering Jews
If you want to find out how child abuse, wars and terrorism are ended by international relations practitioners the first thing you need to know is how most historians see wars as a way to get things, called "realist theories of wars." But as a result...
The Politics of Child Maltreatment
The Politics of Child Maltreatment Lost Lives: A Pandemic of Violence Against Children. Binder A. Helander. Lund, Sweden: Academic Press, 2011. ix + 298 pages. EUR30.00 (hardcover).Many of us in involved in research or clinical work with maltreated children...
Village Abuse: It Takes a Village
One of the great contributions of psychohistory is that it exposes the well worn path between childhood trauma and social traumas of every kind: teen pregnancy, political ignorance and apathy, mental illness, homicide, imprisonment, and so much more....
Wars as Sacrifices to Reduce Guilt
Wars as Sacrifices to Reduce Guilt The War Puzzle Revisited. John A. Vasquez. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. xxi + 477 pages. $37.99 (hardcover).Vasquez's latest book reviews over a hundred books and articles on the causes of wars, studies...