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Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds - Vol1-3 - cover

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds - Vol1-3

Charles Mackay

Publisher: e-artnow

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Summary

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds is a study of crowd psychology by Scottish journalist Charles Mackay. The subjects of Mackay's debunking include witchcraft, alchemy, crusades, duels, economic bubbles, fortune-telling, haunted houses, the Drummer of Tedworth, the influence of politics and religion on the shapes of beards and hair, magnetizers (influence of imagination in curing disease), murder through poisoning, prophecies, popular admiration of great thieves, popular follies of great cities, and relics. 
Contents:
Volume 1: National Delusions: 
    The Mississippi Scheme
    The South Sea Bubble
    The Tulipomania
    Relics
    Modern Prophecies
    Popular Admiration for Great Thieves
    Influence of Politics and Religion on the Hair and Beard
    Duels and Ordeals
    The Love of the Marvellous and the Disbelief of the True
    Popular Follies in Great Cities
    Old Price Riots
    The Thugs, or Phansigars
Volume 2: Peculiar Follies: 
    The Crusades
    The Witch Mania
    The Slow Poisoners
    Haunted Houses
Volume 3: Philosophical Delusions :
    The Alchemysts
    Fortune Telling
    The Magnetisers

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