- Title Pages
- Preface and Acknowledgements
- A Note on Terms and Sources
- Introduction A Road Well Travelled
- Part I Worlds Turned Upside Down
- Chapter 1 Turncoats and Collaborationists: Early Twentieth-Century Renegades
- Chapter 2 ‘Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out’ … Drop Back in: 1960s ex-Radicals<sup>1</sup>
- Conclusion to Part I
- Part II The Experience of Defeat
- Chapter 3 The First World War: A Defeat Borne of Nationalist Bloodshed
- Chapter 4 1960s Radicals and Political Defeat: A Lost Cause?
- Chapter 5 The Full Force of the Law: Defeat by State Repression?
- Conclusion to Part II
- Part III Flawed Radicals
- Chapter 6 Flawed Early Twentieth-Century Radicals: Mussolini, Parvus, and co.
- Chapter 7 Overstated Radicals
- Chapter 8 For Thirty Pieces of Silver?
- Conclusion to Part III
- Part IV The Renegade ‘Mentality’
- Chapter 9 Psychohistory
- Chapter 10 Arthur Koestler, The Twentieth-Century ‘Sceptic’, and Other Cold War Pilgrims
- Conclusion to part IV
- (p.173) Chapter 9 Psychohistory
- The politics of betrayal
- 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.
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