The Pursuit of the Nazi Mind : Hitler, Hess, and the Analysts

By: Pick, DanielMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Oxford : OUP Oxford, 2012Description: 1 online resource (368 p.)ISBN: 9780191641039Subject(s): Hess, Rudolf, 1894-1987 -- Psychology | Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945 -- Psychology | National socialism and medicine -- History | Nazis -- Psychology | Psychoanalysis -- History | World War, 1939-1945Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Pursuit of the Nazi Mind : Hitler, Hess, and the AnalystsDDC classification: 940.5486 LOC classification: DD256.5 | P535 2012Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Cover; Contents; List of Plates; 1. Introduction; 2. Characters and Causes; 3. 'The Deputy Madman'; 4. Getting Through to Hess; 5. Madness and Politics; 6. The OSS; 7. Hitler's Mind; 8. So Plainly Mad?; 9. Nuremberg: Conspiracy and Confession; 10. Sane Futures?; 11. Legacies; 12. Afterword; Appendices; Notes; Further Reading; Acknowledgements; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; Y; Z
Summary: The story of how psychoanalysis was used in the war against Nazi Germany - in the crucial quest to understand the Nazi mind.Daniel Pick brings both the skills of the historian and the trained psychoanalyst to weave together the story of clinical encounters with leading Nazis and the Allies' broader interpretations of the Nazi high command and the mentality of the wider German public who supported them.Following the bizarre capture of Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess in 1941, Pick follows closely the story of how leading British psychiatrists assessed their new charge, in an attempt to understand bo
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Cover; Contents; List of Plates; 1. Introduction; 2. Characters and Causes; 3. 'The Deputy Madman'; 4. Getting Through to Hess; 5. Madness and Politics; 6. The OSS; 7. Hitler's Mind; 8. So Plainly Mad?; 9. Nuremberg: Conspiracy and Confession; 10. Sane Futures?; 11. Legacies; 12. Afterword; Appendices; Notes; Further Reading; Acknowledgements; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; Y; Z

The story of how psychoanalysis was used in the war against Nazi Germany - in the crucial quest to understand the Nazi mind.Daniel Pick brings both the skills of the historian and the trained psychoanalyst to weave together the story of clinical encounters with leading Nazis and the Allies' broader interpretations of the Nazi high command and the mentality of the wider German public who supported them.Following the bizarre capture of Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess in 1941, Pick follows closely the story of how leading British psychiatrists assessed their new charge, in an attempt to understand bo

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Historian/psychoanalyst Pick (Birkbeck College, Univ. of London) is eminently qualified to study this topic. Pick begins his remarkable, richly informative, and profound work by focusing on Rudolf Hess. He moves to Adolph Hitler and examines the years of WW II, the Allied victory, the de-Nazification of Germany, and the Cold War. In May 1941, Hess bizarrely single-handedly flew a plane from Germany to Great Britain, parachuted from it, and was promptly arrested, becoming a prisoner of war and a patient. Britain now had a Nazi who could possibly provide insights into the Nazi psyche. Pick substantiates that many of the period's luminaries who studied the "Nazi mind" and authoritarianism were psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, and psychologists. He explores several popular films reflective of the era's "group fantasies." It is difficult to do justice to this highly readable, extensively researched book in a brief review, but there is a serious scholarly lacuna. Pick does not employ one German source. All are in English. Furthermore, although there are some references to the field of psychohistory, there are no references to psychohistorical journals, which have been prominent in examining the period's issues. Nevertheless, this thought-provoking work marks a major contribution to understanding this very complex period. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Most public and university libraries. J. Szaluta emeritus, United States Merchant Marine Academy

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Daniel Pick is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. An editor of History Workshop Journal, he is also a practising psychoanalyst and a fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He is the author of numerous works on European cultural history, including Svengali's Web: The Alien Enchanter in Modern Culture and, most recently, Rome or Death: The Obsessions of General Garibaldi, and he is currently preparing the volume on Psychoanalysisfor the Very Short Introductions series.

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