The Occult Conspiracy. Secret Societies - Their Influence and Power in World History-Michael Howard

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It is a little-known fact that for thousands of years secret societies and occult groups--guardians of ancient esoteric wisdom--have exercised a strong and often crucial influence on the destiny of nations. As Freemasons, Knights Templar, and Rosicrucians they affected the course of the French and American revolutions as well as the overthrow of the medieval order. Inevitably, the true ideals and esoteric practices of these societies have at times been perverted by self-serving individuals. The Nazis, of course, but also the British security forces, the founding fathers of America, and the Vatican have all had a part--for good or ill--in the occult conspiracy

The author explores these connections, tracing occult influences in politics and statecraft from the time of ancient Egypt to the present. He sheds light on these influences in government and in the lives of many well-known figures, including Frederick the Great, John Dee, Francis Bacon, Benjamin Franklin, Comte Cagliostro, Helen Blavatsky, Rasputin, and Woodrow Wilson. Reading The Occult Conspiracy, we are left with little doubt that the secret societies--largely ignored by orthodox historians and persecuted throughout history--have survived and continue to operate powerfully in world affairs today.

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Rochester, VT: Destiny Books, 1989. First Edition Thus. Softcover. Octavo. x + 198pp. b&w illustrations, chronology, bibliographic notes, index. A compendium of occult conspiracy theories concerning politics and statecraft from Ancient Egypt to the modern day. Chapters: 1. The Ancient Mysteries, 2. The Curse of the Templars, 3. The Rosicrucian Connection, 4. The American Dream, 5. German Nationalism and the Bolshevik Revolution, 6. Nazism and the Occult Tradition, 7. Secrets in the Vatican, 8. The Occult and Modern Politics, Chronology, Bibliographic Notes, Index.

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