The importance of conspiracy theory in extremist ideology and propaganda

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The importance of conspiracy theory in extremist ideology and propaganda

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: The importance of conspiracy theory in extremist ideology and propaganda
Author: Fink, A.H.
Issue Date: 2020-04-16
Keywords: Conspiracy theory
Leninism
Judeo-Masonic
Antisemitism
Naziism
Khomeini
Qutb
Illuminati
Propaganda
Protocols of the Elders of Zion
Abstract: Since at least the time of the French Revolution there has been an identifiable tradition of conspiracy theorizing that posits the existence of a powerful secret network that has either taken over the world or is about to take over the world through deception under the guise of championing enlightenment, freedom, self-government, and liberalism. This thesis charts the development of this idea - called the Grand Conspiracy Theory - and examines some of the impact of this idea and demonstrates that it is a cohesive tradition that has had a decisive impact on world affairs. This is especially evident in its role in inspiring violent subversive groups, including with Nazis and radical Islamists, to engage in “counter-conspiracies” against the evil imaginary enemy. This thesis also establishes the crucial importance of propaganda campaigns in shaping and spreading the idea of the Grand Conspiracy Theory.
Promotor: Supervisor: Ellian A. Co-Supervisor: Rijpkema B.R.
Faculty: Faculty of Law
University: Leiden University
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/87359
 

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