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The Fundamentalist MindsetPsychological Perspectives on Religion, Violence, and History$
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Charles B. Strozier, David M. Terman, James W. Jones, and Katherine A. Boyd

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195379655

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379655.001.0001

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Rumor, Fear, and Paranoia in the French Revolution

Rumor, Fear, and Paranoia in the French Revolution

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(p.175) 14 Rumor, Fear, and Paranoia in the French Revolution
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The Fundamentalist Mindset
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David P. Jordan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379655.003.0014

This chapter argues that there is a fundamentalist mindset — and in the politics of the French Revolution it is an ideologically driven mindset — although that mindset is secular rather than religious. There was paranoia in the thinking of the revolutionaries, both individually and collectively. Paranoia in the French Revolution was an extreme form of fear during a time of exceptional crisis and genuine danger.

Keywords:   fundamentalism, fundamentalist mindset, French Revolution, paranoia, fear

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