The Real History of Secret Societies

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Small-Town Secrets
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Get a brief introduction to the realm of secret societies you will study throughout this series as seen through the personal experience of Professor Spence in his home town of Taft, .. show full overview
Secret Societies: The Underworld of History
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Willa Rhoads was 16 when she died. The discovery of her body five years after her death opened the door to a public awareness of the Divine Order of the Royal Arms of the Great Eleven, .. show full overview
The Knights Templar
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Uncover the story behind the Knights Templar: a military monastic order founded during the Crusades who persevered through time to become the subject of so much rumor, speculation, and .. show full overview
Masonic Revolutions in America and France
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Professor Spence looks at the secret societies behind the Boston Tea Party and Bastille Day. Explore the roles that the Sons of Liberty, the Society of the Friends of the Constitution .. show full overview
Bolsheviks, Masons, and Russian Revolution
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Were the Bolsheviks a political movement or a secret society? Dive into this question as you survey the rich history of governmental secret societies who combated revolutionary .. show full overview
Adolf Hitler and the Thule Society
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Start with the history of the smaller secret societies that were popping up all over Germany at the end of the 19th century. Then look at how the larger societies and individuals, which .. show full overview
Synarchy, Schemers, and Vichy France
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The 1930s saw economic crisis, the rise of Hitler, Stalinist terror, and the general decline of democracy. Were the events coincidence or consequences? Was there a hidden hand at work .. show full overview
Ancient Mystery Cults
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Travel back to Ancient Greece to hear what we know of the Eleusinian Mysteries, among the most ancient and prestigious of the Greco-Roman world. This first secret society, which had .. show full overview
The Islamic Assassins
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Travel to a historic empire that stretched from Anatolia to Central Asia as you get to know The Assassins, whose roots reach back at least as far as the beginning of Islam in the 7th .. show full overview
The Medieval Cathars
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Professor Spence starts with the 1244 fall of Montsegur, which most history books note as the Cathars' last stand as an organized movement. Yet, as Professor Spence demonstrates, this .. show full overview
The Rosicrucians
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Professor Spence introduces you to The Ancient and Mystical Order of the Rosae Crucis, which might be the first commercially marketed secret society. During the early 20th century, the .. show full overview
The Illuminati
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Explore the roots of the 28-year-old Adam Weishaupt’s secret society, the Order of Perfectibilists, which later became the Order of the Illuminati, or, in German, the Illuminatenordern: .. show full overview
The Freemasons
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The Freemasons don’t hide their existence. However, they did popularize the idea of secrecy: adopting a clandestine set of identifying factors, ensuring their rituals and initiations are .. show full overview
Ireland’s Secret War for Independence
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The Irish Republican Army was a tightly organized secret society battling the greatest power on Earth, the British empire. But they were not the first secret society to practice .. show full overview
Debunking the Elders of Zion
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Professor Spence opens the door on secret-society conspiracy that permeated across countries and decades, with each iteration more complicated and bizarre than the last. The Learned .. show full overview
Mafia! Criminal Secret Societies
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Do criminal gangs really qualify as secret societies? Yes: They’re selective in membership, require oaths and initiations, and members usually advance through grades or ranks. From the .. show full overview
Aleister Crowley, Occultism, and Espionage
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In this episode that focuses on the worldwide impact of Aleister Crowley, Professor Spence highlights the murky connections between secret societies, occultism, and espionage. You may be .. show full overview
Red Octopus: The Communist International
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Discover how some politically driven secret societies have far-reaching impact, as Professor Spence dives into a period of time when America was full of Soviet espionage and clandestine .. show full overview
Japan’s Black and Green Dragons
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Examine how the Black Dragons had a huge impact in pushing Japan into fanaticism, militarism, and a devastating war. Then, explore additional Asian-based groups, including the Green .. show full overview
Italy’s Secret Government: The P2 Lodge
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Propaganda-Due, or P-2 , an Italian pseudo-Masonic organization, has been tied to a number of shady crimes and mysteries, including corruption, bribes, and even murder. Yet it was made .. show full overview
From the KKK to the Black Shriners
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Professor Spence turns his focus to the United States and uniquely American secret societies, including the sham group known as the U.S. Secret and Civil Service Society, Self-Supporting .. show full overview
Bohemian Grove, Bilderbergers, and Elites
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Get to know the elite secret societies that only recruited members who were already (or would likely be) rich or influential, including the Bohemian Club, the Schlaraffia, the Sath-Bhai .. show full overview
Secret Societies for Aging Swingers
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Professor Spence introduces you to a crazy-sounding story about Aleister Crowley’s secret society, Ordo Templi Orientis, as he debates the merits of truth around it. From there, hear .. show full overview
Terrorism’s Long Trail of Secret Cells
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From the 1920 Wall Street bombing to the events of 9/11, see where secret societies have embraced terrorism as a mind game throughout history. Most secret orders are more or less .. show full overview
Secret Societies: The Never-Ending Story
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Taking an in-depth look at The Order, FEAR (Forever Enduring, Always Ready), the Silver Legion of America (Silver Shirts), and others, Professor Spence demonstrates how so many of these .. show full overview