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HISTORY 241C: History of Suggestion and Mind Control

This course traces the history of suggestion and hypnosis from the birth of mesmerism in the late 18th-century to Cold War controversies over brainwashing, and recent debates on global terrorism and the ethics of technology. Born during the Age of Revolutions, the therapeutic system of mesmerism was quickly pushed to the margins of scientific practice as it was elaborated in the 19th-century but nonetheless remained a key determinant of human experience, politics, social relations, and medical practice. While reading secondary and primary texts, we will follow the evolution of various theories of trance and hypnotic induction alongside the development of scientific approaches to psychology in the West and the non-West to unravel the complex relationship between politics, social reform, labor, international relations, espionage, and indoctrination, and practices of suggestion and mind control.
Terms: Spr | Units: 5
Instructors: Zakar, A. (PI)
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