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The politics of betrayalRenegades and ex-radicals from Mussolini to Christopher Hitchens$
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Ashley Lavelle

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088162

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088162.001.0001

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(p.173) Chapter 9 Psychohistory
The politics of betrayal

Ashley Lavelle

Manchester University Press

Insofar as one is not a complete structuralist who excludes a priori the role of the subject in making history, then the capacity for the actor's psychology – as a factor affecting the subject's actions – to come into play must be considered. For our purposes, therefore, we are required to take into account the psychological contributors to the behaviour of renegades who have made history, for better or worse. There is a significant psychohistory, or psychobiographical, literature. We simply ask in this chapter whether their psychological and personality characteristics – as they present themselves as adults – might have shaped the course their political lives take.

Keywords:   Psychohistory, Psychobiographical, Nixon, Structuralism, Marxism, Agency, Mussolini, Alienation, Mentality

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