psychohistory

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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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Erikson also wrote " psychohistories, " in which he used the psychosocial stages to study the lives of such diverse historical figures as Gandhi and George Bernard Shaw.