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The combined use of psychology (especially psychoanalysis) and history in the writing, especially of biography, as in the work of Erik Erikson.
See also: psychography.


n. pl. psychohisto·ries
A psychological or psychoanalytic interpretation or study of historical events or persons: the psychohistory of the Nazi era.

psy′cho·his·tor′i·an (-hĭ-stôr′ē-ən, -stŏr′-) n.
psy′cho·his·tor′i·cal (-hĭ-stôr′ĭ-kəl, -stŏr′-) adj.
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Turning to a handful of contemporary Irish novels with significant Jewish characters and references written over the last fifty years--Francis Stuart's Black List Section H (1971), Robert MacLiam Wilson's Manfred's Pain (1992), Robert Welch's Groundwork (1997), Jennifer Johnston's This is Not a Novel (2002), and John Banville's Shroud (2002)--this essay will read the Semitic discourse in these novels for what it tells us about the cultural identity of modern Ireland, and for what it reveals of the psychohistory, and even the psychopathology, of Irishness hidden in these representations.
Wilson's view on psychohistory was a radical departure from the views advanced by others positing an examination of the maintenance of social control in Western society.
psychohistory, the field that applies psychological theory to the interpretation of historical figures and events).
In doing so, he illustrates the interrelations of psychohistory (another category that M.
The technological sublime is evoked in Asimov's trilogy not only by futuristic machines but also by the science of psychohistory that is created by the application of mathematics to sociology and used in the technology of the Seldon Plan to improve the course of humanity.
New York: Routledge, 2000; Joel Kovel, White Racism: A Psychohistory.
Admittedly, this is dangerous, as the atrocities sometimes committed in the name of psychohistory show.
While Lock's method here should never be confused with the speculative psychohistory that has occasionally intruded into Burke studies over the years, there are a few cases where Lock himself might appear to overwork the evidence for the sake of consistency.
Then in the twentieth century, historians and biographers began looking at aspects of Washington as the fashion shifted to "the-man-and-his-times" or psychohistory.
Lloyd de Mause (New York: Psychohistory, 1974), 101-81, reprinted in Medieval Families: Perspectives on Marriage, Household, and Children, ed.
Some historians might criticize this as psychohistory, but it helps to make an important point--that inhumanity is all too human.
Carol Stearns "Lord Help Me Walk Humbly: Anger and Sadness in England and America, 1570-1750," Emotion and Social Change: Toward a New Psychohistory, eds.