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The Psychology of Socialism

by Gustave Le Bon

The Psychology of Socialism Synopsis

First published in 1899 during a period of crisis for French democracy, The Psychology of Socialism details Le Bon's view of socialism and radicalism primarily as religious movements. The emotionalism and hysteria of the period-especially as manifested during the Dreyfuss Affair-convinced Le Bon that most political controversy is based neither on reasoned deliberation nor rational interest, but on a psychology that partakes of contatgion andhysteria. Le Bon points to the irrationality of religion and uses the religiosity of socialism to debunk socialism as an irrational movement based on hatred and jealousy.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780878557035
Publication date: 30th January 1982
Author: Gustave Le Bon
Publisher: Transaction Publishers an imprint of Taylor & Francis Inc
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 466 pages
Categories: Psychology,

About Gustave Le Bon

Gustave LeBon (1841-1931) was a French physician who wrote widely on scientific subjects, including anatomy and physiology, anthropology, and history. Many of his writings focused in particular on national traits, crowd behavior, and racial superiority. His numerous books include The Civilization of Arabs, The Psychology of Peoples, and The Crowd.

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