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Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of-Crowds – Charles-Mackay

Charles Mackay, Scottish poet, journalist, and editor. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions, was first published in 1841, with a promise of additional material “should these be favorably received.” Apparently the work was indeed favorably received, resulting in a substantially revised, two-volume second edition being published in 1852 (London, Office of the National Illustrated Library, 227 Strand). The book has been reprinted often since.

We present the second edition (1852) here. The two-volume set did not number the chapters. Volume I covered the present Chapters 1-8; Volume II began with “The Crusades.”

Lauren Landsburg

Editor, Library of Economics and Liberty

Table of Contents 

Prefaces

  1. Money Mania.—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 Thieves
  15. Duels and Ordeals
  16. Relics.

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