Secret Societies and Subversive Movements by Nesta Webster


Secret Societies and Subversive Movements by Nesta Webster, published in 1924. First edition. Handsome rose red linen binding, Nesta Helen Webster (née Bevan, 1876 – 1960) was an English author and far-right conspiracy theorist, who promoted antisemitic canards and revived theories about the Illuminati. She claimed that the secret society’s members were occultists, plotting communist world domination, through a Jewish cabal, the Masons and Jesuits. She blamed the group for events including the French Revolution, 1848 Revolution, the First World War, and the Bolshevik Revolution.  Her writing influenced later conspiracy theories and ideologies, including American anti-communism (particularly the John Birch Society) and the militia movement. Hardcover with light shelfwear only.