Voelkerpsychologie played an important role in establishing the social sciences via the works of such scholars as Georg Simmel, Emile Durkheim, Ernest Renan, Franz Boas, and Werner Sombart. In Germany, the intellectual history of 'folk psychology' was represented by Moritz Lazarus, Heymann Steinthal, Wilhelm Wundt and Willy Hellpach. This book follows the invention of the discipline in the nineteenth century, its rise around the turn of the century and its ultimate demise after the Second World War. In addition, it shows that despite the repudiation of "folk psychology" and its failed institutionalization, the discipline remains relevant as a precursor of contemporary studies of "national identity".
Egbert Klautke is Senior Lecturer in the Cultural History of Central Europe in the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London. He is the author of Unbegrenzte Moeglichkeiten: "Amerikanisierung" in Deutschland und Frankreich, 1900-1933 (2003).
Acknowledgments Introduction: Voelkerpsychologie in Germany Chapter 1. Lazarus, Steinthal and the Invention of Folk Psychology Chapter 2. Wilhelm Wundt's Folk Psychology Chapter 3. Willy Hellpach and the Resurrection of Folk psychology Conclusion: Voelkerpsychologie after the Catastrophe Bibliography Index