Germany is never so happy as when she is pregnant with war.
May 3, 2011 5:08 AM Subscribe
posted by clarknova (151 comments total)
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"In the course of researching my book The Emotional Life of Nations, I discovered that just before and during wars the nation was regularly depicted as a Dangerous Woman. I collected thousands of magazine covers and political cartoons before wars to see if there were any visual patterns that could predict the moods that led to war, and routinely found images of dangerous, bloodthirsty women.
Sociologist, political psychologist, and founder of The Institute for Psychohistory (no not that one)
Lloyd deMause has written eight books and 90 articles on the link between warfare and parenting practices. With thousands of references to psychological and anthropological studies, deMause makes the case that outbursts of nationalist violence are reenactments of childhood experiences common to large groups.
His book The Origins of War In Child Abuse
is available as a ten-part, free audiobook
; read by Stefan Molyneux
As a bonus, deMause's essay on the childhood origins of Palestinian terrorism, If I Blow Myself Up and Become a Martyr, I'll Finally Be Loved
, is also available.
More psychohistorical works, deMause's and otherwise, can be found at The Institute for Psychohistory's website
. Of note are the short essays The Childhood Origins of the Holocaust
and Heads and Tails: Money as a Poison Container