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psychohistory

the application of ‘psychoanalytic forms of understanding to the study of history’ (I. Craib, 1989). An exemplification of the approach is the work of E. Erikson (Life History and the Historical Moment, 1975).
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The first chapter, "Psychohistorians," was not one of the original stories published in Astounding Science Fiction in 1942-50; Asimov added it to the stories when he published them as the Foundation trilogy in 1951.
The particular villains are "Straussians," "Psychohistorians," and "Southern Conservatives." This labeling leads to some bizarre interpretations of other people's work.
Even psychohistorians have discovered the Empire: a recent call for papers was made on the subject of "America as an Imperial Power?
Bradford while also dealing with the imaginative but not always enlightening efforts of enterprising psychohistorians like George B.
After reading Isaac Asimov's classic Foundation novels, he nurtured a secret desire to be one of Asimov's "psychohistorians"--futuristic social scientists who could predict the course of human history.
There thus emerges a gap between historical enactment within the stories and the process of codification implied in the existence of the encyclopaedia, a gap partly addressed by Asimov in 'The Psychohistorians', a piece written to introduce the series.
In an article in the New York Times Magazine last November about the new cold war scholarship, Jacob Weisberg interpreted Horowitz's career as a "fierce Oedipal struggle entwined with radicalism." That is ultimately a question for psychohistorians, but what is certain is that Horowitz craves approval, and that underneath the fiery demeanor is an insecure human being.