The psychology of revolution [electronic resource] / Gustave Le Bon ; translated by Bernard Miall.
By: Le Bon, Gustave.
Contributor(s): Miall, Bernard.Publisher: London : T. F. Unwin, Description: 336 p. ; 23 cm.Uniform titles: R�evolution fran�cais et la psychologie des r�evolutions. English Subject(s): Social psychology | Revolutions | French Revolution | Psychology, Social | France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- CausesAdditional physical formats: OriginalOnline resources: Fulltext available via EBSCOhost - Shibboleth login required Also issued in print.
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pt. 1. The psychological elements of revolutionary movements -- pt. 2. -- pt. 3. The recent evolution of the revolutionary principles.
"The present age is not merely an epoch of discovery; it is also a period of revision of the various elements of knowledge. Having recognised that there are no phenomena of which the first cause is still accessible, science has resumed the examination of her ancient certitudes, and has proved their fragility. Today she sees her ancient principles vanishing one by one. Mechanics is losing its axioms, and matter, formerly the eternal substratum of the worlds, becomes a simple aggregate of ephemeral forces in transitory condensation. Despite its conjectural side, by virtue of which it to some extent escapes the severest form of criticism, history has not been free from this universal revision. There is no longer a single one of its phases of which we can say that it is certainly known. What appeared to be definitely acquired is now once more put in question. Among the events whose study seemed completed was the French Revolution. Analysed by several generations of writers, one might suppose it to be perfectly elucidated. What new thing can be said of it, except in modification of some of its details? And yet its most positive defenders are beginning to hesitate in their judgments. Ancient evidence proves to be far from impeccable. The faith in dogmas once held sacred is shaken. The latest literature of the Revolution betrays these uncertainties. Having related, men are more and more chary of drawing conclusions. The study of the French Revolution to which a great part of this book is devoted will perhaps deprive the reader of more than one illusion, by proving to him that the books which recount the history of the Revolution contain in reality a mass of legends very remote from reality"--Introduction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved).
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Electronic reproduction. Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association, 2014. Available via World Wide Web. Access limited by licensing agreement. s2014 dcunns