Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. William H. Thompson

Second Advisor

Dr. Francis M. Hurst

Third Advisor

Dr. William E. Jaynes


The psychology of communism has received considerable attention during the years following World war II. Scarcely a facet of it remains that has not been analyzed or investigated from the standpoint of its effect on human behavior or its implication on the state of world affairs. These investigations and studies have revealed much about the structure and philosophy of communism and the personality and behavioral patterns of its leaders. However, little appears to have been done to determine what the communist leaders themselves think about the communist ideology and the people they serve. One can find no better key to the logic of a political system or a national philosophy than the basic assumptions of its leaders and principal exponents. This study was under-taken to determine the communist leader's psychological assumptions concerning the nature and control of human behavior.


A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Department of Psychology The University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1959 Joseph Edward Zuro

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