chapter  1
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Jung and history: Adumbrations of a post-Jungian approach to psychoanalytic history


The problems plaguing psychohistory1 have been well documented (Barzun 1974; Stannard 1980), so any attempt to view history from a depth psychological perspective requires an awareness of the pitfalls and critiques, as well as how the theory would approach telling, interpreting and imaging the past. This accordingly entails a critical analysis of the primary sources, which has not been extensively pursued by Jung scholars. To date, no one has systematically distilled what Jung actually said and thought about history. This chapter aims to remedy this gap in Jungian studies. It is only with this crucial work in place that a critical assessment of post-Jungian approaches to history can be pursued.