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Structural Analysis of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion
published online: 14. 08. 2023
This paper explores one of the most influential conspiracy theories of all time, as described in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, by employing the method of structural analysis. The “master myth” of the Protocols represents a basic structure of the conspiracy narrative, whose motifs were subsequently modified throughout the 20th and 21st centuries according to current events and moods. However, to understand the pamphlet as a whole, it is also important to shed a little light on its specific historical context and the religious, political, and social fervour of the time, which eventually gave rise to this text. The text is one we can still consider a blueprint of contemporary conspiracy narratives about the global cabal that occupies a prominent place within the modern conspiracy culture.
keywords: conspiracy theory; conspiracism; Jews; antisemitism; structuralism; myth
Structural Analysis of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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