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Gustave Le Bon's The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind

The Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia has posted the 1896 classic of social psychology, Gustave LeBon's The Crowd. Known for his seminal considerations of crowd psychology and its impact on the French Revolution, LeBon believed in a "crowd mind" that "is not an intellectual or rational entity but a sentimental and emotional one through which irrational ideas spread as if by a process of contagion" (Encarta Encyclopaedia). The site offers the entire text with a table of contents linked to each section and chapter.
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Date of Scout Publication 2000-03-07
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