Truth, Doubt, and Theories

Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA discusses secrets, conspiracies, conspiracy theories, and cover-ups.

Conspiracy theories seem to be everywhere nowadays, encouraged by the internet, and perhaps also by postmodern scepticism. But are they really more common than they used to be, and if so, do they constitute a threat to democracy, as a number of commentators have argued? Are they indeed more prevalent in democracies than in dictatorships?

Shorts In This Series
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Are conspiracy theories spread by the Internet?

Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA
Thursday, 16 June 2016
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What makes a conspiracy?

Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA
Thursday, 16 June 2016
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Stalin’s conspiracies and dramatised propaganda

Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA
Thursday, 16 June 2016
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Conspirators and the Police

Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA
Thursday, 16 June 2016
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Faith in the state or hidden discontent?

Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA
Thursday, 16 June 2016
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Conspiracy and the Two Theories of History

Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA
Thursday, 16 June 2016