Documents and illustrations of Freemasons, Illuminiati, Carbonari, Burschenschaften and other secret societies and clandestine organizations.
Secret societies leave numerous traces, even if they do not exist: after all, they arouse boundless curiosity that will sooner or later be reflected in archives and libraries. The International Institute of Social History, too, preserves many documents on interesting, important, curious, and putative secret societies and clandestine organizations from far and wide. Twelve illustrations and as many historical texts give a taste of those riches. In addition, readers will find a dozen titles from world literature that have helped spread the notion of 'secret society', as well as a dozen scholarly studies that are both reliable and a pleasure to read.
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