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The Foundations of Modern Freemasonry: The Grand Architects- Political Change and the Scientific Enlightenment, 1714-1740

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Now in its second edition, The Foundations of Modern Freemasonry examines previously unexplored primary documentation and contributes to an understanding of contemporary English political and social culture.  It explores how

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Now in its second edition, The Foundations of Modern Freemasonry examines previously unexplored primary documentation and contributes to an understanding of contemporary English political and social culture.  It explores how freemasonry became a mechanism that promoted the interests of the Hanoverian establishment and a social nexus that connected the metropolitan and provincial élites. The book reveals social networks centered on the aristocracy, parliament, the learned and professional societies, and the magistracy, and provides pen portraits of the key individuals who spread the Masonic message across Britain and Europe. …

Following the appointment of its first aristocratic Grand Masters in the 1720s and in the wake of its connections to the scientific Enlightenment, ‘Free and Accepted’ Masonry became part of Britain’s national profile and the largest and most influential of Britain’s extensive clubs and societies. The organisation did not evolve naturally from the mediaeval guilds and religious orders that pre-dated it but was reconfigured radically by a largely self-appointed inner core. It became a vehicle for the expression and transmission of their political and religious views and for the concepts that they championed. … 
Ric Berman concludes that Freemasonry should be recognised not only as the most prominent of the many eighteenth-century fraternal organisations but also as a significant cultural vector and a component of the social, economic and political transformation then in progress. This analysis throws a new and original light on the formation and development of what rapidly became a national and international phenomenon.
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Ric Berman

ISBN

184519506X

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Sussex Academic Press

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Sussex Academic Press

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1

NumberOfPages

320

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1

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Sussex Academic Press