A Psychoanalytic History of the Jews (Google eBook)

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, Jan 1, 1996 - History - 850 pages
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"A Psychoanalytic History of the Jews is an interdisciplinary rewriting and reinterpretation of four thousand years of Jewish history. It integrates insights from history, archaeology, biblical scholarship, anthropology, sociology and Jewish studies with those of psychoanalysis to achieve a deep understanding of Jewish history. The main thrust of this work is the application of psychoanalytic insight to Jewish history. This includes the evolution of the Hebrew religion as a projective response to the inner conflicts produced by the human family; the sociopsychological development of the Israelite kingdoms in Canaan; the fascinating duality of Jewish life in the "Diaspora"; and the emotional ties of the Jews to their idealized motherland from the Babylonian exile to modern political Zionism."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  

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Contents

Preface
9
Acknowledgments
25
Editorial Notes
27
Hebrew Origins
31
From Child Sacrifice to Circumcision
52
Canaan Greece and Egypt
65
Moses and Monotheism
78
Tribal Confederacy
91
Franks and Saracens
384
Servi Camerae Nostrae
398
Mysticism and Union with the Mother
412
Crusaders and Kabbalists
429
Transgressions and Fantasies
444
Adapting to Annihilation
453
Strategies of Psychological Survival
466
Disputations and Inquisitions
485

Judges Prophets and Kings
103
The ShortLived Union
115
YahwehEl versus Baal
128
The Personal Roots of Religious Revolution
141
Tragic Queens
154
National Suicide
166
Psychotic Prophets?
179
Family versus Nation
191
Egyptians Greeks and Other Jews
205
The Myth of Maccabean Independence
226
Civil War in Judaea
240
Jews Greeks and Other Romans
252
The Tragedy of Herod the Great
263
Prelude to Christianity
276
Christianity as Rebirth Fantasy
289
Zealous Jewish SelfDestruction
299
Messianism and the Inability to Mourn
311
Jewish Mysticism and Martyrdom
325
Living in the Past
341
Franks and Jews
357
Arabs Muslims and Jews
371
Inquisitors and Messiahs
507
Jewish Renaissance
519
Jews Witches and the Devil
532
Slavs Baits and Other Jews
543
Mystical Messiahs and Fanatical Followers
560
Pietists and Saints
574
Napoleon and the Jews
589
Revolution and Liberalization
599
The Battle for the Jewish Self
615
German Light Russian Darkness
632
The Golden Land
654
TheLandofZion
667
Zionists Arabs and AntiSemites
682
TwentiethCentury Hebrews
688
Holocaust
703
Israeli Paradoxes
722
Bibliography
729
Index of Names
794
Index of Subjects
823
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About the author (1996)

Avner Falk, PhD, is an internationally known clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, and scholar.

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