Today there is increasing interest in the academic community as to the history of the modern theosophical movement, which began in 1875 with the founding of the Theosophical Society in New York City. In the first segment of this two-part program, Prof. Cooper gives a general outline of the movement, highlighting some of the crises that threatened the survival of the Theosophical Society in its early years, describing some of the leading figures of the movement, and explaining the causes that led to an organizational split within the movement during the 1890s. In the second segment of the program, Prof. Cooper offers his views on the importance and continuing influence of the theosophical movement in the contemporary world. 1989. 80 minutes.