Thomas A. Kohut

Thomas A. Kohut
Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Professor of History
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413-597-2108
Hollander Hall Rm 334

Spring 2014 Class Hours: 

Mon/Thu 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm

Wed 1:10 pm – 3:50 pm

Office Hours:

Thu 2:40 pm – 4:00 pm

Education

B.A. Oberlin College (1972)
M.A. University of Minnesota (1975)
Ph.D. University of Minnesota, History (1983)
Graduate Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute (1984)

Courses

Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

HIST 228 (S)

Europe in the Twentieth Century

HIST 239 (F)

Germany in the Twentieth Century

HIST 301 (S)

Approaching the Past: Varieties of Historical Thinking

HIST 335 (F)

Weimar Germany

HIST 336 (S)

National-Socialist Germany

HIST 484 T (F)

Victorian Psychology

Biography

Thomas A. Kohut received a B.A. from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Minnesota.  He is also a graduate of the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute.  He is currently Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Professor of History at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  Kohut is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts and is Chair of the Council of Scholars of the Erik Erikson Institute at Austen Riggs.  From 2000 to 2006, Kohut served as Dean of the Faculty at Williams College.  Kohut has written two books: A German Generation: An Experiential History of the Twentieth Century (New Haven: Yale University Press; 2012); Wilhelm II and the Germans: A Study in Leadership (New York: Oxford University Press, 1991).  He has also published articles on a number of historical and psychological topics: including the German humorist, Wilhelm Busch; letters from German soldiers at Stalingrad; and psychohistory, history, and psychoanalysis.

Selected Publications

A German Generation: An Experiential History of the Twentieth Century (New Haven and London: Yale University Press; 2012).

“Psychoanalysis as Psychohistory or Why Psychotherapists Cannot Afford to Ignore Culture,” Annual of Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalysis and History, Jerome A. Winer and James William Anderson, eds., 31 (2003), pp. 225-36.

“History, Loss, and the Generation of 1914: The Case of the Freideutsche Kreis,” Generationalität und Lebensgeschichte im 20. Jahrhundert: Schriften des Historischen Kollegs, Kolloquien 58, Jürgen Reulecke, ed. (Munich: R. Oldenbourg Verlag; 2003), pp. 253-77.

“The Creation of Wilhelm Busch as a German Cultural Hero, 1902 -1908,” Enlightenment, Passion, Modernity: Historical Essays in European Thought and Culture, Mark S. Micale and Robert L. Dietle, eds. (Stanford: Stanford University Press; 2000), pp. 286-304.

With Jürgen Reulecke, “‘Sterben wie eine Ratte, die der Bauer ertappt’. Letzte Briefe aus Stalingrad,” Stalingrad: Ereignis, Wirkung, Symbol, Jürgen Förster, ed. (Munich and Zurich: Piper Verlag, 1992), pp. 456-71.

Wilhelm II and the Germans: A Study in Leadership (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press; 1991).
“Psychohistory as History,” The American Historical Review 91 (1986), pp. 336-354.

“Mirror Image of the Nation: An Investigation of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s Leadership of the Germans,” The Leader: Psychohistorical Essays, Charles B. Strozier and Daniel Offer, eds. (New York: Plenum Press; 1985), pp. 179- 229.

“Kaiser Wilhelm and his Parents: An Inquiry into the Psychological Roots of German Policy Towards England Before the First World War,” Kaiser Wilhelm II: New Interpretations, John C. G. Rohl and Nicolaus Sombart, eds. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 1982), pp. 63-89.

Research Interests

Modern German history; European cultural and intellectual history; the psychological dimension of the past.

Theses Advised

Evelyn Denham, ’12 - Permanent Neighbors, Exceptional Friends: The Ottoman Embassy to Vienna in 1748

Carrie Greene, ’02 - The Cholera Travesty at Tooting

Peter Lockwood Adams, ’00 - A Beautiful and Distant Fight: Analyzing the Agenda of Nazi Wartime Newsreels

Robert Wiygul, ’00 - Sophisticated Nazi: Carl Schmitt and Political Illiberalism

Joseph Bourassa, ’99 - Visions of Order, Visions of Transformation: Ruge, Hegel and the Search for the German Republic

Alexandra Garbarini, ’94 - Historical Representation of the Holocaust:  An Essay

Andrew Baird, ’93 - Projections:  The Relevance of Hayden White to Historical Understanding

Allison Marston, ’93 - The Crystal Ball and the Compass:  The Use of History in Nineteenth-Century France

Robert E. Phay, ’90 - Sexuality Constrained: Civilizing Children in Victorian Childrearing Manuals

Daniel Powers, ’90 - Rethinking France’s Europe, 1947-1957

Elizabeth McKown, ’89 - A ‘World Beneath the Threshold’: Anglo-German Conflict in Popular Literature Before World War I

Peter Ira Haupt, ’87 - A Universe of Lies: Holocaust Revision and the Myth of a Jewish World Conspiracy

Michael Mellis, ’87 - Hoisting the German Flag over the Bosphorus: The Creation of the German-Turkish Alliance of 1914

Larry Krasnoff, ’85 - Ideology of a Student Revolt: French Thought and the Events of May 1968

Todd Tibbetts, ’85 – Truth, History, and the Human Sciences in Gadamer and Foucault