A sure sign that a book is making some kind of impression is the number of reviews it receives shrinking history has received more than its share and not without reason few books in recent years have made a more convincing case if you accept it for the abandonment of a major though relatively new historical methodology. Studies the burgeoning field of psychohistory from freud its primogenitor to its present day academic practitioners and argues that little if any psychohistory is good history the author points out the pitfalls sheer irrationality and ultimately a historical nature of this mode of historical inquiry. Shrinking history on freud the failure of psychohistory by david e stannard review john c cairns the canadian historical review volume 62 number 2 june 1981 pp 250 251. A study of the burgeoning field of psychohistory from freud its primogenitor to its present day academic practitioners this work argues that little if any psychohistory is good history
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