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Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

de Charles Mackay

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Whenever struck by campaigns, fads, cults and fashions, the reader may take some comfort that Charles Mackay can demonstrate historical parallels for almost every neurosis of our times. The South Sea Bubble, Witch Mania, Alchemy, the Crusades, Fortune-telling, Haunted Houses, and even 'Tulipomania' are only some of the subjects covered in this book, which is given a contemporary perspective through Professor Norman Stone's lively new Introduction.… (més)
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    Tulipomania : The Story of the World's Most Coveted Flower & the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused de Mike Dash (lorax)
    lorax: Tulipomania is a very readable modern history of one of the more interesting episodes detailed in Extraordinary Popular Delusions, the Dutch tulip bubble of the 1600s.
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    Outbreak! The Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Social Behavior de Hilary Evans (ushishir)
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    Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science de Martin Gardner (bertilak)
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Preface
Contents
1. The Mississippi Scheme
2. The South Sea Bubble
3. The Tulipomania
4. The Alchymists
5. Modern Prophecies
6. Fortune-Telling
7. The Magnetisers
8. Influence Of Politics And Religion On The Hair And Beard
9. The Crusades
10. The Witch Mania
11. The Slow Poisoners
12. Haunted Houses
13. Popular Follies Of Great Cities
14. Popular Admiration Of Great Britain
15. Duels And Ordeals
16. Relics ( )
  knoba | Oct 12, 2020 |
It was very interesting to see how little has changed in the years since this was first published. Sixteen chapters on sixteen cases of crowd psychology that with the changing of a few incidentals, could have, and do happen in our time.

See my longer review of the Kindle edition. ( )
1 vota bread2u | Jul 1, 2020 |
I kept mentioning this book to people, but it has been over 10 years since I read it and I was forgetting what it actually contains, and so it was time to read it again. This time it was just as delightful as the first time, although I began to wonder about the value of reading endless repetitions of the folly of man.

It is a great cautionary tale about how easily we fall into error, and warns against some of the bigger errors that we have fallen into. As such, this book is valuable to remind ourselves from time to time so that we do not become proud and imagine that we are immune to such folly.

The chapter most along that line was: POPULAR ADMIRATION OF GREAT THIEVES. I looked up one of the French thieves, and found that over 100 years later, a movie was made about him, thus the fascination and imitation of those criminals continues to this day.

"The Inspector's Report on Juvenile Delinquency at Liverpool contains much matter of the same kind; but sufficient has been already quoted to shew the injurious effects of the deification of great thieves by thoughtless novelists." (Page 361 of 399)

"In fact, the theatre, which can only expect to prosper, in a pecuniary sense, by pandering to the tastes of the people, continually recurs to the annals of thieves and banditti for its most favourite heroes. These theatrical robbers, with their picturesque attire, wild haunts, jolly, reckless, devil-may-care manners, take a wonderful hold upon the imagination, and whatever their advocates may say to the contrary, exercise a very pernicious influence upon public morals." (Page 365)

There are more modern books that cover related territory, and I keep wanting to find some of them for more recent examples. I remember one of them, but can't remember the title. ( )
  bread2u | Jul 1, 2020 |
First published in London in 1841 by Richard Bentley. This edition based on the 1852 London edition with minor corrections.
  LibraryofMistakes | Jan 10, 2019 |
Covers the Mississippi misadventures, south sea bubble and tulip mania. ( )
  jefware | Nov 23, 2017 |
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Mackay, Charlesautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Baruch, BernardPròlegautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Bredael, Peeter vanAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Selina, TonyDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Stone, NormanIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Tobias, AndrewPròlegautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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(To Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions)
"Il est bon de connaître les délires de l'esprit humain. Chaque peuple a ses folies plus ou moins grossiéres."

Millot
(To Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds)
N'en déplaise à ces fous nommés sages de Gréce,
En ce monde il n'est point de parfaite sagesse;
Tous les hommes sont fous, et malgré tous leurs soins
Ne different entre eux que du plus ou du moins.

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The object of the Author in the following pages has been to collect the most remarkable instances of those moral epidemics which have been excited, sometimes by one cause and sometimes by another, and to show how easily the masses have been led astray, and how imitative and gregarious men are, even in their infatuations and crimes.
(Preface to edition of 1852)
In reading the history of nations, we find that, like individuals, they have their whims and their peculiarities; their seasons of excitement and recklessness, when they care not what they do.
(Chapter 1)
The personal character and career of one man are so intimately connected with the great scheme of the years 1719 and 1720 that a history of the Mississippi madness can have no fitter introduction than a sketch of the life of its great author John Law.
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Whenever struck by campaigns, fads, cults and fashions, the reader may take some comfort that Charles Mackay can demonstrate historical parallels for almost every neurosis of our times. The South Sea Bubble, Witch Mania, Alchemy, the Crusades, Fortune-telling, Haunted Houses, and even 'Tulipomania' are only some of the subjects covered in this book, which is given a contemporary perspective through Professor Norman Stone's lively new Introduction.

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