The psychoanalytic study of historical figures, or of the Weltanschauung of a particular historical period, based on the attempt to relate Sigmund Freud's theory of psychological development to prevailing social conditions and institutions; or, in the case of specific individuals, to significant life-events . A noted practitioner is the American psychoanalyst Erik Erikson, whose Childhood and Society (1950) and Life History and the Historical Moment (1975) are typical of the genre. Max Weber's life and work were analysed in this way by Arthur Mitzman inThe Iron Cage (1969).

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