Modern Spiritualism 2 Volume Set: A History and a Criticism

Modern Spiritualism 2 Volume Set: A History and a Criticism

by Frank Podmore
     
 

Frank Podmore (1856-1910) published Modern Spiritualism in two volumes in 1902. It was the first comprehensive history of the Spiritualist movement. Podmore traces the historical development of Spiritualism from its earliest origins in animal magnetism and alchemy, to its apogee in the early nineteenth century and through to its decline from 1870 onwards, which

Overview

Frank Podmore (1856-1910) published Modern Spiritualism in two volumes in 1902. It was the first comprehensive history of the Spiritualist movement. Podmore traces the historical development of Spiritualism from its earliest origins in animal magnetism and alchemy, to its apogee in the early nineteenth century and through to its decline from 1870 onwards, which Podmore associated with the growth of professional psychics and fraudsters. Volume 1 covers the key figures of the movement: Paracelsus, Mesmer, Bertrand, Esdaile, and Andrew Jackson Davis. Volume 2, focusing on English and American Spiritualism, sets the movement in its cultural and intellectual context and includes a discussion of the relationship of Spiritualism to science. Podmore was a leading member of the Victorian Society for Psychical Research and his work remains an indispensable source for the modern-day historian of nineteenth-century Spiritualism and occult practices.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781108072595
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/19/2011
Series:
Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowlege Series
Pages:
718
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.80(d)

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