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These were pretty small organisations and secret societies though, really more gentlemen’s clubs than anything else, the largest had maybe a couple of hundred members, so really fairly insignificant in the grand scheme of things. It was grounded, very factual, meticulously researched too much detail for some I guess and hugely interesting. A very competent intellectual history, and the author pours cold water over the idea that occultism was absolutely at the center of Nazi ideology, but he does explore what exactly the connections were.

All in all, this book also provides a good perspective on the decline of the Habsburg empire, which actually had my main interest. If anything, it demonstrates that in the years leading up to the Nazis gaining power, there was a great raft of extremist thought that created lots of weird belief systems designed to demonstrate the superiority of the White Aryan Man over all other forms of life, which was a wave of thought that clearly the Nazis were on the crest of the wave of.

Jun 23, Zachary rated it really liked it. As you can guess, this book was a very dfs read. Highly recommended for anyone interested wurze,n this topic, one of the few non-BS tomes about it. One thing missing, though, here is the relationship Jungianism had to all of this tangle. The Pan-German Vision 2. Apr 14, Christopher Roth rated it it was amazing. A very academically-written book, which while can make for pedantic reading at times, is probably needed for such a sensational topic.

Also interesting, although more widely known, is the chapter on Rudolf von Sebottendorff, head of the Thule Society, which sponsored the dees meetings natiinalsozialismus the future Nazi Party and ultimately sold it its newspaper. While I understand how some of these ideas floating in the cultural ether and fed by anti-Catholocism and a general anxiety about the strength of German identity could be taken as the basis for a leader’s platform, I don’t have the sense of how these ideas took root in more mainstream associations beyond volkisch movements, which themselves only bear a weak connection, I think, to more bizarre occult ideaslike civic organizations, the army, youth groups, workers’ guilds or unions, or protestant churches.


Very interesting overview of the occult roots of Nazism up to Interesting, but very difficult to read. Goodrick-Clarke has also written a even interesting second volume, concerning Nazi occultism from until now Wurzlen Sun: Want to Read saving…. That said, it seems to me to be pretty scrupulous and academic, focusing mainly on obscure personalities and societies with two-digit memberships between the s and s.

A study of the ideology of Savitri Devi, whose beliefs combined Aryan supremacism and anti-semitism with Hinduism, social Darwinism and a fundamentally biocentric view of life. Goodrick-Clarke chronicles occult societies with failing budgets and dwindling members, rituals with only a half-dozen attenders and lodges split by internal, petty conflict. Many books discuss the rise and fall of the Nazis in Germany, but this book discusses something very often forgotten.

There is virtually no evidence that any of these occult groups really had any influence with the Nazis at all, indeed some of the groups that people try and argue had wurzdln of influence with the Nazis were in fact banned by the Nazis, and their members chucked in jails for subversive activities.

The latter heavily influenced ceremonial and SS ritual at their special castle. The really weird part of Theozoology is that Liebenfels, a former Cistercian monk, tried to reconcile all of that with traditionalist Roman Catholicism!

Sep 17, Robert rated it really liked it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. One should never forget about the Nazi link to the East. Feb 04, Alisson Almeida rated it really liked it Shelves: That being the revival of interest in occult matters in the early part of the 20th Century.

Very little about Vril-ya, Tibetan expeditions, or other things of that nature, so if that’s what you’re after, look elsewhere. He lives in Southern England. The German Millennium 8. For Hitler they had their uses though, further fomenting ever present anti-semitism, ever present in Austria and Germany and helping to make it feel more acceptable?

Over time their ideas and symbols, filtered through nationalist-racist groups associated with the infant Nazi party, came to exert a strong influence on Himmler’s SS. Jul 15, Frank Bosman rated it it was amazing Shelves: Among the best sections of the book is th This is a detailed historical study of the ties between National Socialist ideology and esoteric groups operating in Germany, Austria, and the rest of Europe during the late-nineteenth century.

Paperbackpages. That line is demonstrated within its pages to be much more blurry than many people think. Historical account of the most immediate influences on German nationalist occultism, with particular emphasis on ariosophy and Lanz von Liebenfels.


Hitler found the ideas appealing and useful, but they did not absolutely shape his world-view the way they did Himmler’s, and the Nazi Party as a whole was not as occultic at its core as the SS specifically was.

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Pet peeve, perhaps, but some of the comments had me scribbling all over the margins in response LOL. The only trouble with this book is that it actually deals very little with the “modern” Nazis.

Also, I’d been given to understand that Rudolf Steiner invented Anthroposophy because he was disturbed by how Blavatskian Theosophy was being misused by the Ariosophists, but it turns out his main objections were that Theosophy under Annie Besant was become too close to simple Hinduism, with not enough universalism or Christianity in it.

I borrowed it from the library and am debating buying my own copy so I can scribble notes in it. Not a shred natinoalsozialismus good evidence for any of it. Anyway, the occult Thule Society from which much of the Nazi leadership came were strongly influenced by List’s Armanenschaft. Open Preview See a Problem?

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The book lays out quite clearly that there were some occult connections to the Nazi movement and that these were not just the creation of the writers of post-war pulp fiction. Jorg Lans von Liebenfels and Theozoology 9. Be the first to ask a question about The Occult Roots of Nazism. Charting the history of some of the players and thinkers behind the movement, which was mostly organised along ethnic and religious grounds, providing a framework for thin This is an extremely thorough scholarly run down of the topic, meticulously researched with around 75 pages of references, which was quite impressive for a book of this nature.

Western esotericism has now emerged as an academic study in its own right, combining spirituality with an wyrzeln observation of the natural world while also relating the humanity to the universe through a harmonious celestial order. Goodrick-Clarke’s powerful and timely book traces the intellectual roots of Nazism back to a number of influential occult and millenarian sects in the Habsburg Empire during its waning years.

Apr 04, Owlseyes rated it really liked it Shelves: This is an extremely thorough scholarly run down of the topic, meticulously researched with around 75 pages of references, which was quite impressive for a book of this nature.