List of political conspiracies

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In a political sense, conspiracy refers to a group of people united in the goal of usurping, altering or overthrowing an established political power. Typically, the final goal is to gain power through a revolutionary coup d'état or through assassination. A conspiracy can also be used for infiltration of the governing system.

A conspiracy is to be contrasted with a cabal. The two are similar but have quite different connotations; in contrast to a cabal, a conspiracy usually looks to overthrow a fixed power instead of usurping it from within.

A "conspiracy theory" is a belief that a conspiracy has actually been decisive in producing a political event which the theorists strongly disapprove of.[1]

Notable political conspiracies[edit]

Bye Plot, leads to the execution of Sir George Brooke[12]
Shelling of Mainila, "False Flag" terrorism by USSR as pretext for Winter War[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Joseph E. Uscinski and Joseph M. Parent, American Conspiracy Theories (2014) excerpt
  2. ^ Hawass, Zahi, The Mysteries of Abu Simbel: Ramesses II and the Temples of the Rising Sun, The American University in Cairo Press, 2001, ISBN 977-424-623-3, p. 12
  3. ^ "The Catilinarian Conspiracy". 
  4. ^ "The assassination of Julius Caesar, 44 BC". 2004. 
  5. ^ "The Pisonian Conspiracy". 
  6. ^ "The pazzi conspiracy". 
  7. ^ "The year of Lucretia d'Este, Duchess of Ferrara". 
  8. ^ "Plots against Elizabeth I". 29 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Queen Elisabeth I". 
  10. ^ "The Babington Plot". 
  11. ^ "Anthony Babington and the Babington Plot". 
  12. ^ "Conspiracy". 
  13. ^ "The Gunpowder plot of 1605". 
  14. ^ Sciberras, Sandro. "Maltese History - E. The Decline of the Order of St John In the 18th Century" (PDF). St. Benedict College. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 June 2015. 
  15. ^ "Anjala Manor". 
  16. ^ "The Death of President Lincoln, 1865". 
  17. ^ "Emile Zola writes to Alfred Dreyfus at the height of the Dreyfus affair". 
  18. ^ "Jews and Politics in the Twentieth Century: From the Bund to the Rise of the Nazis". Judaica in the Collections of the Hoover Institution Archives. Hoover Institution, Stanford University. 2004. Archived from the original on 2006-06-13. Retrieved 2006-04-28. 
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  20. ^ Hans Schafranek, Natalia Musienko, "The Fictitious 'Hiter-Jugend' of the Moscow NKVD" in: Barry McLoughlin, Kevin McDermott (Eds.), Stalin's Terror: High Politics and Mass Repression in the Soviet Union. Palgrave MacMillan (2003), p. 208ff. ISBN 1-4039-0119-8. Retrieved November 24, 2011
  21. ^ "The Valkyrie Conspiracy". 
  22. ^ "The 20 July bomb plot - a summary". 20 July 2010. 
  23. ^ "The July bomb plot". 
  24. ^ "Operation Ajax: CIA, Muhammad Mossadeq, and the Shah of Iran". 
  25. ^ "Israel Military Intelligence: The Lavon Affair". 
  26. ^ "Pompidou dans la tourmente". 26 July 2007. 
  27. ^ "The history place". 
  28. ^ "What was the Watergate Scandal?". 
  29. ^ "The fighting solidarity organization". 
  30. ^ "Hunger strikes and the Brighton bomb". 18 March 1999. 
  31. ^ "A strange but true tale of voter fraud and bioterrorism". 10 June 2014. 
  32. ^ "The Iran Contra Affair 1986–1987". 
  33. ^ "Iran contra affair". 
  34. ^ "How PR sold the war in the persian gulf". 

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