Staudenmaier Peter - Between occultism and nazism


Author : Staudenmaier Peter
Title : Between occultism and nazism Anthroposophy and the politics of race in the fascist era
Year : 1965

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Introduction. Spiritual Science and the Modern Occult Revival. This is a study of an unusual movement in an unusual time. It follows the changing fortunes of an idiosyncratic but influential group of spiritual seekers through the wayward terrain of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. The movement known as anthroposophy was founded by Rudolf Steiner, a devotee of the occult, in the early years of the twentieth century. Today anthroposophy is esteemed for its efforts on behalf of alternative education, holistic health care, organic farming and natural foods, environmental consciousness, and innovative forms of spiritual expression. At the root of anthroposophy lies an elaborate esoteric philosophy based on Steiner’s teachings. His plentiful books and lectures, which can seem inscrutable to outside observers, form the core of the anthroposophist worldview to this day. Steiner grew up in Austria and died in Switzerland, imparting an international character to his movement while grounding it firmly in German cultural values. In contemporary Europe anthroposophy is recognized as “the most successful form of ‘alternative’ religion” to arise in the last century. ...

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