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Perfectibilists: The 18th Century Bavarian Order of the Illuminati
Presenting an advanced and authoritative perspective, this definitive study chronicles the rise and fall of the Order of the Illuminati, a mysterious Enlightenment-era guild surrounded by myth. Describing this enigmatic community in meticulous detail, more than 1,000 endnotes are included, citing scholars, professors, and academics. Contemporary accounts and the original d ...more
Paperback, 531 pages
Published January 31st 2009 by Trine Day
(first published November 1st 2008)
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★★★☆☆ Although this book does its fair share of fear-mongering and is taken from a conspiracy theorist standpoint, i still give this book 3 stars because it does produce a fair share of historical material. My only issue is the bias against the order as a "harmful" institution bent on destroying the power of the church and monarchy. While I'm sure the order was opposed to the oppressive power of Church and State, i don't think that makes it a purely sinister and evil organization. But what do yo ...more
Absolutely mind-blowing. This book changed the way I think about the Enlightenment. An outstanding resource. A few minor errors here and there, but I believe Melanson researched and wrote this entirely on his own, while juggling several other full-time engagements. One hopes this book will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.