Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

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Wordsworth Editions, 1995 - Reference - 724 pages
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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Contents

the Mississippi Scheme
1
the southSEA BuBBLE
46
the tulipomania
89
Introductory remarksPretended antiquity of the artGeber
256
Fortunetelling
281
the Magnetisers
304
Revolution of 1830The King of Bavaria 1838 orders
346
The Crusades
350
THE WITCH MANIA
462
THE SLOW Poisoners
565
haunted Houses
593
Cant phrasesQuozWhat a shocking bad hatHookey
619
Popular Admiration of GREAt thieves
632
The origin of the DuelloAll persons engaged in duelling excom
647
The True CrossTears of our SaviourThe Santa Scala or Holy
695
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