Portland State University. Department of History
Date of Award
Master of Arts (M.A.) in History
1 online resource (110 p.)
Erich Fromm (1900-1980), David Riesman (1909-2002), David Morris Potter, American national characteristics
This thesis examines the study of national character through the work of the psychologist Erich Fromm, the sociologist David Riesman, and the historian David Potter. Above all Intend to provide a critical exegesis of the three thinkers will relate them to one another by discussing the Interconnections In their thought, beginning with Fromm's social psychological theory of character, turning to Riesman's theory of sociology and, finally, Potter's theory of American history. Each, I argue, must be studied in the context his time--above all the climate of horror and uncertainty at mid-century.
Rittenberg, Adam, "The study of national character in the post war era : the work of Erich Fromm, David Riesman, and David Potter" (1988). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 3851.