A new open-access article in the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences will interest AHP readers: “Psychology and the fall of Communism: The special case of (East) Germany,” by Mitchell G. Ash. Abstract:
The fall of Communism is now universally agreed to be what the philosopher Hegel called a world historical event—one that few predicted but nearly everyone saw as inevitable after it happened. In the aftermath many lives—and worldviews—changed, not only, but also in the human sciences. These remarks attempt to address in a preliminary way both the impact of the fall of Communism on psychology in former East Germany (including changes in personnel and approach) and the ways in which these sciences were employed as resources for reflection on the Communist past as well as the transition to new social and political regimes.