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In 1875 Helena Blavatsky (1831-1891) and others founded The Theosophical Society.

Critical History

  • Peter Washington, Madame Blavatsky's Baboon: A History of the Mystics, Mediums, and Misfits Who Brought Spiritualism to America (Schocken, 1995).
  • Michael Barker, "The Roots Of Theosophy", Swans Commentary, July 2, 2012. (A summary of Madame Blavatsky's Baboon)

Related Books

  • Matthew Lasar, Pacifica Radio: The Rise of an Alternative Network (Temple University Press, 2000), pp.29-32.
  • June O. Leavitt, The Mystical Life of Franz Kafka: Theosophy, Cabala, and the Modern Spiritual Revival (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012). Review

Scholarship on Theosophical race teachings

  • Carla Risseuw, "Thinking Culture Through Counter-culture: The Case of Theosophists in India and Ceylon and their Ideas on Race and Hierarchy (1875-1947)" in Antony Copley, ed., Gurus and Their Followers: New Religious Reform Movements in Colonial India (Oxford University Press, 2000), 180-205.
  • Gauri Viswanathan, "Conversion, Theosophy, and Race Theory" in Viswanathan, Outside the Fold: Conversion, Modernity, and Belief (Princeton University Press,1998), 177-207.
  • Colin Kidd, "Theosophy" in Kidd, The Forging of Races: Race and Scripture in the Protestant Atlantic World, 1600-2000 (Cambridge University Press, 2006), 237-46.
  • Herman de Tollenaere, The Politics of Divine Wisdom: Theosophy and Labour, National, and Women's Movements in Indonesia and South Asia, 1875-1947 (Uitgeverij Katholieke Universiteit, 1996).
  • Isaac Lubelsky, "Mythological and Real Race Issues in Theosophy" in Olav Hammer and Mikael Rothsein, eds., Handbook of the Theosophical Current (Brill 2013), 335-55.

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