Crowds, Psychology, and Politics, 1871-1899

Front Cover
Cambridge University Press, Jul 31, 1992 - Psychology - 269 pages
0 Reviews
Jaap van Ginneken's study explores the social and intellectual history of the emergence of the field of crowd psychology in the late nineteenth century in France and Italy. Both the popular work of the French physician LeBon, considered the "father" of this field, and his predecessors are shown to be influenced and closely connected with the dramatic events and academic debates of their day. Although LeBon is generally thought of as the creator of the field of crowd psychology, this study demonstrates how he derived most of his key concepts from immediate predecessors, without acknowledging his debt to them. Professor van Ginneken traces the descendants and heirs of the original authors throughout Europe, using unpublished correspondence to shed light on their mutual relations. Recognizing that LeBon's work was by far the most popular, the success of his work is shown to have had a decisive influence on many major political leaders of the twentieth century--including Theodore Roosevelt, Charles de Gaulle, Benito Mussolini, and Adolf Hitler. The work provides an international and historiographical account of the early history of crowd psychology, emphasizing the community of better and lesser known authors in this field and placing it in the context of the major scientific debates of the day.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Taine psychohistory
20
Lecture at the Ecole de Medecine page
23
Radical guardsmen evacuating the Catholic Saint Sulpice
29
Sighele criminology
52
A phrenological chart
58
The Torrent of the Oppressed drawing by Galantara
70
Fournial anthropology and
100
Zouave soldiers embarking for Tunisia 1881
105
Le Bon psychopathology
130
A French military infirmary
134
Tarde social psychology
188
Summary and conclusions
230
Bibliography
239
Index
262
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1992)

Jaap van Ginneken is Assistant Professor in the Communication Department, Amsterdam University.

Bibliographic information