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The Mythology of the Secret Societies

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Preface
Mythology of the Secret Societies
Masonic Legacy
Early Anti-Masonry
Derivation & Degeneration/Sects of the
Later 18th Century
Illuminati Panic & After
Secret Societies & French Revolution
Seedtime of Political Secret Societies
Napoleonic Era
Restoration & After
Conclusion
Index of Personal Names
Paperback, 480 pages
Published 2008 by Watkins Publishing (London) (first published 1972)
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Erik Graff
May 20, 2008 Erik Graff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This excellent history is a must-read for conspiracy theorists, particularly those obsessed with the Freemasons or the Illuminati.

In high school or just afterwards my friend Martin introduced me to high wierdness by recommending The Morning of the Magicians and then encouraging a mutual pursuit of Illuminati material. It became our inside joke. Then, at Bob Rowe's Evening Pipe Shop, the one perdurant hangout in suburban Park Ridge open to the likes of us, one of the older habitues brought in an
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Tim Pendry

This book is now forty years old but it still stands as excellent basic background to the history of secret societies and political conspiracy in the eighteenth and first quarter of the nineteenth centuries.

Of course, much of the detail will have been overtaken by the work of two generations of scholar. Roberts is also contesting his case during a period when the grand narrative of Marxism was treated with more respect than it is today.

He is writing as part of the very serious business of coun
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Alan
Jan 25, 2013 Alan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It’s not uncommon for friendship groups to have “that guy”, a person who stays up all night watching conspiracy theory videos on YouTube, bringing up the Illuminati and New World Order ever time a political matter is raised. A few years ago, I was “that guy”. Then I took a step back and started analysing these theories which were causing me so much distress. I put down the pseudo-history books and stopped watching YouTube videos, instead picking up English translations of actual secret society d ...more
Adrian
I almost quit reading this book a dozen times since the history is remote and involved but then something would pique my interest and I'd continue. Roberts is writing about the influence held by secret societies such as the masons, Rosicrucians, Illuminati, Carbonari and others with European politicians between 1730 and 1830. He pulls no punches about their actual impact- minimal at best.
Mike Lynch
Jul 03, 2013 Mike Lynch rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Came out of prurient interest in freemasonry, stayed for the lucid prose and entertaining debunking of the secret society paranoia of the 18th and 19th centuries.
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Considering I am a member of some of these 'secret''. I may as well learn more!
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John Morris Roberts, CBE, was a British historian, with significant published works. From 1979-1985 he was Vice Chancellor of the University of Southampton, and from 1985-1994, Warden of Merton College, Oxford. He was also well known as the author and presenter of the BBC TV series The Triumph of the West (1985).
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