Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

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Barnes & Noble Publishing, 2004 - 611 pagine
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds is a landmark study of crowd psychology and mass mania and a singular casebook of human folly throughout the ages. Chronicled here are accounts of swindles, schemes, and scams on a grand scale. Other chapters deal with fads and delusions that have sprung from ideas, beliefs, and causes that still have champions today: the prophecies of Nostradamus, the coming of comets and Judgment Day, the Rosicrucians, and astrology. The book also surveys controversial people and movements of the past: necromancy, Father Hell and Magnetism, Anthony Mesmer and Mesmerism, the Crusades, sorcery and the burning of witches, not to mention the popularity of murder by slow poisoning.

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MONEY MANIATHE MISSISSIPPI SCHEME
1
THE SOUTHSEA BUBBLE
36
THE TULIPOMANIA
73
THE ALCHYMISTS
81
MODERN PROPHECIES
209
FORTUNETELLING
229
THE MAGNETISERS
248
INFLUENCE OF POLITICS AND RELIGION ON THE HAIR AND BEARD
281
THE SLOW POISONERS
458
HAUNTED HOUSES
481
POPULAR FOLLIES OF GREAT CITIES
502
POPULAR ADMIRATION OF GREAT THIEVES
513
DUELS AND ORDEALS
524
RELICS
563
ENDNOTES
570
INDEX
586

THE CRUSADES
288
THE WITCH MANIA
374
SUGGESTED READING
609
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