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After you perform a search, you can sort the articles by Year. This will rearrange the results of your search chronologically, displaying the earliest published articles first. This feature is useful to trace the development of a specific psychoanalytic concept through time.

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Thurn, D.H. (2019). Review of Cold War Freud: Psychoanalysis in an Age of Catastrophes: by Dagmar Herzog. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. 2017. 320 pp.. Contemp. Psychoanal., 55(3):306-320.

(2019). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 55(3):306-320

Review of Cold War Freud: Psychoanalysis in an Age of Catastrophes: by Dagmar Herzog. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. 2017. 320 pp.

David H. Thurn, LCSW, Ph.D.

The history of the psychoanalytic movement will never have come to an end. This is true not only for the banal reason that psychoanalysis continues to evolve and that new chapters in its future development will need to be written. It is also true because the history of psychoanalysis is intractably composite, heterogeneous, and irreducible to the simple linear sequence of a straightforward chronology. Nor does the genealogy of psychoanalytic ideas play out in neat arboreal fashion according to continuous, organically determined lines of development. Each moment in the history of psychoanalysis carries latent significance that may, in recursive interaction with the present, give rise to new versions of the past. A history of psychoanalysis cannot therefore be organized by simple reference to origins, but must account for the social, cultural, and political contingencies that introduce discontinuity, irregularity, contradiction, recurrence, and rupture into the story.

Of course, Freud, in his History of the Psychoanalytic Movement (1914), is rather anxiously determined to avoid these complications, even to eliminate contingency from the narrative altogether.

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