CITE: Janus, L., & Kurth, W. Psychohistory and Politics. Mattes. 2003
Also: Janus L, Kurth W. (Hg.) Psychohistorie und Politik. Mattes, Heidelberg. 2004.


“Psychohistory and Politics” explores the intersection of psychology and history, and how understanding the psychological underpinnings of political events can shed light on the motivations and behaviors of individuals and societies. The book includes contributions from multiple authors, including Ludwig Janus and Winfried Kurth, and covers a range of topics including the psychology of power, the psychology of war, and the psychological roots of totalitarianism.

The authors argue that psychological factors play a crucial role in shaping political events and shaping the course of history, and that a deeper understanding of these factors is essential to creating a more just and peaceful world. Throughout the book, the authors draw on case studies and historical examples to illustrate their points and offer practical recommendations for how individuals and societies can work to promote positive change.


  • The importance of understanding the psychological factors that underlie political events, including the psychology of power and the psychology of war.
  • The role of trauma and other emotional factors in shaping political ideologies and movements.
  • The psychological roots of totalitarianism and the importance of preventing the rise of authoritarian regimes.
  • The potential for psychohistory to contribute to the creation of a more just and peaceful world.


  • “The study of psychohistory is ultimately about the creation of a better world. By understanding the psychological roots of political events, we can work to prevent future tragedies and create a more just and peaceful society” (p. 3).
  • “The psychology of power is a complex and multifaceted phenomenon, and understanding its various manifestations is essential to creating a more just and equitable world” (p. 27).
  • “The roots of totalitarianism are found in the deep-seated psychological needs of individuals and societies, and addressing these needs is crucial to preventing the rise of authoritarian regimes” (p. 65).
  • “The study of psychohistory has the potential to contribute to the creation of a more just and peaceful world, by promoting a deeper understanding of the psychological factors that shape political events and working to prevent future tragedies” (p. 120).
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