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The Psychology of Revolution by [Le Bon, Gustave]
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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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  • File Size: 585 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1502734435
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 30, 2011
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  • Language: English
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The Psychology of Revolution is as apt and revealing today as when psychologist Gustave Le Bon wrote it with the knowledge of the bloody French Revolution in mind. It is as true as if he were explaining why the Nazis took power in Germany, why the so-called "Arab Spring" occurred, why the theatre of the streets in Egypt turned sour and brought in the wrong government. It even gives psychological reasons for dictatorship in Iran and terrorist groups like Hamas which they fund. It is highly likely that Lenin read it as well as Hitler, as a book of instructions on how to whip up a mindless crowd to a frenzy. It is not a political book but an explanation by a psychologist of how crowds take leave of their senses and turn into a many-tentacled monster.[ASIN:B004UJNHPC The Psychology of Revolution]
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James R. Fisher, Jr., Ph.D.
© February 15, 20012

Were it not for reading William L. Livingston's soon to be released, "Design for Prevention for Dummies," I would have no idea who Gustave Le Bon was, or why important. This is the first of three reviews of Le Bon's works, "The Psychology of Peoples" (1894). The second will be, "The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind" (1896), and the third, "The Psychology of Revolution" (1913).

Gustave Le Bon was born on May 7, 1841 before either the American Civil War or the French Revolution. He lived into his ninety-second year dying on December 13, 1931, after the First World War, but shortly before Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933. The Nazi dictator used Le Bon's psychology to hypnotize the German people to his purposes.

The Frenchman, a trained physician, followed his bliss, which was sociology and social psychology expounding on theories of crowd psychology, national traits and herd behavior. He also pursued the hard sciences, but it was in the soft sciences that his reputation was made.


Le Bon has trouble with the idea of equality of individuals and races. He sees this has thrown Western man into a series of convulsions over its history the end of which he sees as impossible to predict:

"People found it easy to persuade themselves that these inequalities were merely the outcome of differences of education, that all men are born equally intelligent and good, and that the sole responsibility for their perversion lies with the institutions they live under."

The book shows the error of this mindset by examining a civilization, its arts, its institutions, and its beliefs.
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Here in Brazil, I read this good book.
Some great things of this book:
1- This book divides revolution into two main kinds: political(secular) revolutions and religious revolutions. And correctly puts religious revolutions above political revolutions. These sentences are in this book:"By giving a people moral unity they greatly increase its material power. We
see this notably when a new faith, brought by Mohammed, transforms the petty and impotent tribes of Arabia into a formidable nation."
2- About revolutions' believes, there's these sentences:"We have already repeated, and shall again repeat, that the errors of a doctrine
do not hinder its propagation, so that all we have to consider here is its influence upon men’s minds."
3- Since I was a child, I read many books, about the French Revolution. And this is the best book that I ever read, about the French Revolution. This book has these sentences about The French Revolution: "The mystic spirit of the leaders of the Revolution was betrayed in the least details of their public life. Robespierre, convinced that he was supported by the Almighty, assured his hearers in a speech that the Supreme Being had “decreed
the Republic since the beginning of time.” In his quality of High Pontiff of a State religion he made the Convention vote a decree declaring that “the French People recognises the existence of the Supreme Being and the immortality of the soul.” At the festival of this Supreme Being, seated on a kind of throne, he preached a lengthy sermon."
4- The author tells that revolutions came from a rotten state in this sentences: It has been very justly said that governments are not overthrown, but that they commit suicide.
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Gustave Le Bon was a very intelligent man who clearly understood the nuts & bolts of human nature—including how people think, feel, and act in a large crowd setting. He uses the French revolution as a historical backdrop and foundation to illustrate and prove his insights and arguments concerning the psychology of crowds and how they tumultuously behave during episodes of economic, social, or political upheavals. Contrary to what other commentators have said, I found this work to be straightforward and understandable.Le Bon writes clearly and logically and consistently elaborates on his key topics with enough depth and detail to substantiate his claims and assertions. Le Bon was the father of social psychology and his brilliant ideas, insights, and observations are as relevant today as they were 116 years ago when he penned this treatise. I wish I would have stumbled across this book sooner. Thank god for the internet and websites like Amazon that allow you to gain instant access to these great tomes with just a few mouse clicks.
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