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Searching for the Spirit of the West

Social Utopias and World Wars: A Hidden History of the USA in the Twentieth Century

September 2023
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  • Publisher
    Clairview Books
  • Published
    23rd September 2023
  • ISBN 9781912992492
  • Language English
  • Pages 382 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9.25"

How can the West rediscover its authentic spirit? Exploring the period from 1899 to 1945—from the end of the US frontier and the writing of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to the conclusion of World War II and the dropping of the atom bomb—Luigi Morelli traces the events that has led the United States to become the world’s dominating imperial force. America, he demonstrates, is deeply connected to Britain, Germany, and Eastern Europe, and particularly to Russia. Yet despite the tragic collective histories of these countries, there is hope for the future, but only if America can claim its true task.

Searching for the Spirit of the West challenges many of the falsehoods that pass for mainstream history. Utilizing a wealth of documented evidence from the research of overlooked historians, economists, social, and spiritual thinkers, the author takes a symptomatic view of the past, revealing hidden, long-term trends. This approach offers a new understanding of events, such as the rise of Nazism, the Great Depression, the new Deal, and even the roles of banking and clandestine “brotherhoods” in world history.

Morelli also appraises The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in parallel with America’s cultural achievements. Through imagination, L. Frank Baum’s contemporary fairytale enables us to intuit the true mission of the West and its potential contribution to world culture, both now and in the future.

C O N T E N T S:


1. America at the End of the Frontier
2. America 1900 to 1914
3. World War I and Building Up Communism: 1914–1933
4. The Year 1933: The Legacy of the Past
5. 1933: America’s New Image
6. The Spiritual-scientific Significance of the Year 1933
Interlude: From East to West; the Life of Frank Baum
7. Building Up Nazi Germany
8. World War II and the Atomic Bomb
9. America and the True Spirit of the West


1. Karl Marx’s Early Soul Trials
2. Montagu Norman


Luigi Morelli

Luigi Morelli is the author of several books, including Spiritual Turning Points of North American History; Hidden America: Spiritual Forces at the Birth of a Nation; and A Revolution of Hope: Spirituality, Cultural Renewal and Social Change. Based on his thirty-year study of spiritual science, he approaches American culture and history by imaginatively weaving scientific methodology with the legends and myths of America. He also engages in modern American culture and its forms of experiential spirituality in his practice and teaching of Life Coaching, Nonviolent Communication, and Technology of Participation. All of his work is done with the intent of finding the relationships between American spiritual impulses, past and present, and Rudolf Steiner’s legacy.