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`In pursuit of the Nazi mind?' the deployment of psychoanalysis in the allied struggle against Germany

Pick, Daniel (2009) `In pursuit of the Nazi mind?' the deployment of psychoanalysis in the allied struggle against Germany. Psychoanalysis and History 11 (2), pp. 137-157. ISSN 1460-8235.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/E1460823509000373

Abstract

This paper discusses how psychoanalytic ideas were brought to bear in the Allied struggle against the Third Reich and explores some of the claims that were made about this endeavour. It shows how a variety of studies of Fascist psychopathology, centred on the concept of superego, were mobilized in military intelligence, post-war planning and policy recommendations for ‘denazification’. Freud's ideas were sometimes championed by particular army doctors and government planners; at other times they were combined with, or displaced by, competing, psychiatric and psychological forms of treatment and diverse studies of the Fascist ‘personality’. This is illustrated through a discussion of the treatment and interpretation of the deputy leader of the Nazi Party, Rudolf Hess, after his arrival in Britain in 1941.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Fascism, Rudolf Hess, superego
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2010 11:20
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2789

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