This looks like a strong addition to the library in regards to my theories applying Russian occultism and mysticism to current propaganda and information warfare campaigns, and you can download it in full below. I have not yet read this but recently acquired a similar book on Russian occultism edited by Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal which I am hoping will inform the blogging here. I can see numerous references to the Orthodox Church, Nicholas Roerich and HP Blavatsky, which I’m looking forward to exploring.
Presently, I believe studying Russian occultism to be very important to understanding the cultural motivations for many of the apparently ‘medieval’ geopolitical strategies (current and historical) we see employed by Russia, and which seem quixotic to the ‘rational’ West.
If we put such occult beliefs into a psychohistorical or anthropological context – for example regarding Russian nationalism and anti-Semitism – perhaps we can then rationally explain an apparently effective ‘social engineering’ campaign (of terror) using mythology which has been waged by Russian leaders since at least the time of Ivan IV around ideas about ‘antichrist’.
This kind of (evolving and continuously iterating) behavior may cynically justify political objectives in the guise of religious nationalism. (It was this constant theme of medievalist ‘revanchism’ in Russian activities, which gave me the first hints that Nostradamus could be some kind of historical anti-Catholic information warfare – and presumably Russian. Still can’t prove he was ever in Russia or worked for the Tsar, but Nostradamus does fit the profile of many medieval physicians who worked for the Tsar, such as Bomel, or Arthur Dee.)
Somewhat ironic that the modern financial conspiracies seem to involve Russian information warfare. There is a near element of psychological projection, in that Russia accuses others of financial conspiracies, but apparently is behind them itself. Not only that, their accusations of the Jews came from their own doctrinal behaviors, and in a book about the deception of the antichrist. How… evil?
https://www.peterlang.com/view/product/85340 (Main book page, but the full pdf is downloadable from the source by clicking the link below.)
The New Age of Russia. Occult and Esoteric Dimensions Series: Studies on Language and Culture in Central and Eastern Europe
Michael Hagemeister and Birgit Menzel
Edited By Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal
Occult and esoteric ideas became deeply embedded in Russian culture long before the Bolshevik Revolution. After the Revolution, occult ideas were manifested in literature, the humanities and the sciences as well. Although the Soviet government discouraged and eventually prohibited metaphysical speculation, that same government used the Occult for its own purposes and even funded research on it. In Stalin’s time, occultism disappeared from public view, but it revived clandestinely in the post-Stalin Thaw and became a truly popular phenomenon in post-Soviet Russia. From cosmism to shamanism, from space exploration to Kabbalah, from neo-paganism to science fiction, the field is wide. Everyone interested in the occult and esoteric will appreciate this book, because it documents their continued importance in Russia and raises new issues for research and discussion.