Theosophical History (Journal)

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Theosophical History (Journal)

A quarterly journal founded by Leslie Price in January 1985 that reports on the historical study of the expansive theosophical movement, including individuals and impulses associated with but not a part of the Theosophical Society. The journal has an independent stance and is neutral to various expressions of Theosophy. It seeks to promote the common historical enterprise by Theosophists and non-Theosophists interested in the history of the occult.

The journal seeks to aid historical assessment of such pioneers of Theosophy as Alice Bailey, Annie Besant, William Quan Judge, J. Krishnamurti, C. W. Leadbeater, and G. R. S. Mead. By arrangement with the Society for Psychical Research, London, early issues of the journal carried items from its files on theosophical phenomena.

In 1989 funding became a problem after the death of its prime donor and subsequent difficulties with the Theosophical Publishing House, there was a brief lapse of publication in 1989 until James Santucci, a professor at California State University in Fullerton, California, commenced publication with the January 1990 issue. Santucci built a new editorial board (which includes Price) and continued publication with the same independent stance and high standards as Price originally envisioned.

Theosophical History may be ordered from Dr. James Santucci, Department of Comparitive Religion, P.O. Box 6868, California State University, Fullerton, CA 92834-6868. Website: