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Foundations Of Psychohistory
by Lloyd Demause
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The basic principles of psychohistory, the study of historical motivation. Beginning with the author's famous study of "The Evolution of Childhood" and continuing through such studies as "Historical Group-Fantasies" and "The Fetal Origins of History," this pioneering book has become the standard text for most psychohistory courses around the world.
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"Brilliant...bold...challenging...heavily documented" - New York Review of Books; "Confronting, ambitious, provocative and comprehensive" - The Historian; "Authoritative, original...highly recommended" - Choice; "An extraordinary book...it would be a tragedy if it were confined to the classroom." - Boston Globe
About the Author
Lloyd deMause is Director of The Institute for Psychohistory, Editor of The Journal of Psychohistory and President of the International Psychohistorical Association.
Excerpted from Foundations of Psychohistory by Lloyd Demause. Copyright © 1982. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved
"The history of childhood is a nightmare from which we have only recently begun to awaken. The further back in history one goes, the lower the level of child care, and the more likely children are to be killed, abandoned, beaten, terrorized, and sexually abused.
"That this pattern has not previously been noticed by historians is because serious history has long been considered a record of public not private events. Historians have concentrated so much on the noisy sandbaox of history, with its fantastic castles and magnificent battles, that they have generlly ignored what is going on in the homes around the playground. And where historians usually look to the sandbox battles of yesterday for the causes of those of today, we instead ask how each generation of parents and children creates those issues which are later acted out in the arena of public life."
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