Daniel Pick is Professor of History at Birkbeck College (University of London). He is also a prominent psychoanalyst. His work combines historiography and the effects of the ideas of Freud. He has written on eugenics, social darwinism, and crime and insanity in the Victorian age (in his 1989 book Faces of Degeneration: a European Disorder, c. 1848-1918). Among his works are War Machine: The Rationalisation of Slaughter in the Modern Age (1993) and Svengali’s Web: The Alien Enchanter in Modern Culture (2000). In his latest book, The Pursuit of the Nazi Mind (2012), Pick tells us what we can learn from attempts to use psychology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis to understand Nazism.
The Pursuit of the Nazi Mind. Hitler, Hess, and the Analysts is discussed in detail in Nexus Review.
Daniel Pick on psychoanalysis and fascism.