The Psychology of Revolution

Author: Gustave Le Bon
Putnam: 1913

Part I: Psychological Elements of Revolutionary Movements

Book I: General Characteristics of Revolutions

  1. Scientific and Political Revolutions
  2. Religious Revolutions
  3. The Action Of Governments In Revolutions
  4. The Role of the People In Revolutions

Book II: The Forms of Mentality During Revolutions

  1. Individual Variations of Character in Revolution
  2. Revolutionary Mentalities: The Mystic and the Jacobin
  3. Revolutionary Mentalities: The Revolutionary and the Criminal
  4. The Psychology of Revolutionary Crowds
  5. The Psychology of the Revolutionary Assemblies

Part 2: The French Revolution

Book I: Origins of the Revolution

  1. Historians' Opinions of the French Revolution
  2. The Psychological Foundations of the Old Regime
  3. The Influence Attributed to Philosophers
  4. Illusions Respecting the French Revolution

Book II: Rational, Affective, Mystic, and Collective Influences

  1. The Psychology of the Constituent Assembly
  2. The Psychology of the Legislative Assembly
  3. The Psychology of the Convention
  4. The Government of the Convention
  5. Instances of Revolutionary Violence
  6. The Armies of the Revolution
  7. Psychology of the Leaders of the Revolution

Book III: The Conflict Between Ancestral Influences and Revolutionary Principles

  1. 1: The Directory
  2. 2: The Consular Republic
  3. 3: Conflict Between Traditions and Revolutionary Principles

Part 3: Evolution of Revolutionary Principles

  1. 1: The Progress of Democratic Beliefs after the Revolution
  2. 2: The Results of Democratic Evolution
  3. 3: New Forms of Democratic Belief