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Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions By Charles Mackay

Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions by Charles Mackay

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Summary

Confidence tricks and widespread delusions have gone in cycles throughout history, and the financial bubbles and illusions of haunted houses and popular manias are as relevant now as they were when Mackay published this book in 1852. A witty commentary with insights into human nature and the madness of crowds.

Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions Summary

Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions by Charles Mackay

This book is a joy to read and remains relevant in the current era of financial boom and bust. Mackay examines animal magnetism, money-mania, tulip-mania, the history of hair and facial hair, the crusades, haunted houses, and much more. Throughout history, the most extraordinary fashions and trends have been followed unthinkingly, and occasionally this crowd fever has overtaken not only a town but a whole country; in some cases much of western Europe was engulfed simultaneously. The ability of some manias to be so far-reaching, and for common sense and intelligence to abandon such large populations seem incredible, though the book is as thought-provoking now as it was when first published in 1852. Brought to life with exquisite engravings and witty commentary, the first volume focusses on the financial bubbles in Europe and the wide-ranging consequences of fashions in hair, prophecies and alchemy.

Table of 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.

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NLS9781108027618
9781108027618
110802761X
Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions by Charles Mackay
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2011-01-27
320
N/A
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