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Living the Enlightenment: Freemasonry and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Europe

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Long recognized as more than the writings of a dozen or so philosophes, the Enlightenment created a new secular culture populated by the literate and the affluent. Enamoured of British institutions, Continental Europeans turned to the imported masonic lodges and found in them a new forum that was constitutionally constructed and logically egalitarian. Originating in the Mi ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 26th 1991 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published November 11th 1991)
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Tyler Anderson
An excellent book drawn heavily from primary sources as well as other serious & professional historians, it focuses on Freemasonry in France and the Low Countries in the mid to late 18th Century. Jacob works on digging into the actual ideas being discussed (by lodge Orators) in Masonic lodges, as well as the implications of antecedent and descendant streams of thought, coming from the English revolutions of the 1600s, their focus on constitutionality and the emergence of the citizen, through ...more
Samuel Brown
Strong emphasis on politics and development of civil society with the typical sort of confused snarl about non-political intellectual content in esoteric traditions. Good, solid academic work but written in a dull style unless you're really into political history. In a pinch, reading the conclusion/epilogue will give you a good sense for the book. On adoption lodges, she actually did a better job with her re-tread for the Dan Brown book in 2006. Recommended for historians of European Enlightenme ...more
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