The Occult World

by Christopher Partridge (Editor), 2014


This volume presents students and scholars with a comprehensive overview of the fascinating world of the occult. It explores the history of Western occultism, from ancient and medieval sources via the Renaissance, right up to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and contemporary occultism. Written by a distinguished team of contributors, the essays consider key figures, beliefs and practices as well as popular culture.

(Text by the editor)


Table of Contents



Part One: Ancient and Medieval Sources 

Part Two: The Renaissance 

Part Three: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century 

Part Four: Nineteenth Century 

Part Five: Twentieth Century and the Contemporary World 

Part Six: Popular Culture and the Arts 

Part Seven: Beliefs, Practices, Issues, and Approaches

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