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Freud, Sigmund
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Freud, Sigmund

(May 6, 1856, Freiberg [now Přibor, Czech Republic] – September 9, 1939, London), Austrian neurologist, founder of psychoanalysis. Freud’s attitude to the World War was at first little different from that of most intellectuals at that time. Freud is recorded as having said in the first phase of the war that his “whole libido” belonged to Austria-Hungary (1915). When this position changed, turning into one critical of the war, is disputed. In relation to fear of war and “infringement…

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Ulrich, Bernd, “Freud, Sigmund”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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