This article is from the Conspiracy Theory Literature FAQ, by Xavier Poez firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
A theme of CTL is that WWI, II, and Nazism were planned by those in
power. The idea is that arms manufacturers benefit enormously from
sales of armaments during a conflict. See [Higham83]. Moreover,
bankers that loan money to governments to finance wars can make large
sums of money when the money is paid back with interest (profit). Some
authors claim that bankers actually arrange for wars to be started
using a secret network of agent provocateurs. See [Mullins85b].
Other authors claim that Hitler was not the mastermind of his movement
but in fact a pawn in a greater drama in which he was utilized to be a
suitable enemy for nations of the world to mobilize against each
other. Hitler and Nazism had many occult ties which are often noted by
the same authors. See [Icke95, Quigley81, King76, Brennan74,
Another CTL claim is that the Jewish race and Israel is used as a
useful pawn by conspirators to obtain political goals. See