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  • The Making of Tocqueville's Americaby Kevin Butterfield

    University of Chicago Press 2015; US$ 32.00

    Alexis de Tocqueville was among the first to draw attention to Americans? propensity to form voluntary associations?and to join them with a fervor and frequency unmatched anywhere in the world. For nearly two centuries, we have sought to understand how and why early nineteenth-century Americans were, in Tocqueville?s words, ?forever forming associations.?... more...

  • Thomas Dunckerley and English Freemasonryby Susan Mitchell Sommers

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 54.95

    Thomas Dunckerley is a late eighteenth-century icon of British Freemasonry. In one of the first books to provide a scholarly study of English Freemasonry, Sommers uses Dunckerley?s case to examine the changeable nature of personal identity in the eighteenth century and the evolving methodology and expectations of biography. more...

  • Freimaurerei in der frühen Aufklärungszeitby Siegfried Guido Dahl

    Tectum Verlag 2015; Not Available

    Schon Goethe charakterisierte die Schrift ?Der hoeere Ruf? von August Siegfried von Goue als äußerst schwer verständlich, ja als rätselhaft. Und doch stellen dieses Werk und sein Gegenentwurf ?Der feinere Pfif? des ?Profanen? Ferdinand Opi(t)z wichtige Quellen zur Geisteshaltung der Freimaurer in der Frühaufklärung dar. Siegfried Guido Dahl erschließt... more...

  • How to Start Your Own Secret Societyby Nick Harding

    Oldcastle Books 2015; US$ 8.74

    Rejected by the Freemasons? Not bright enough for the Illuminati? Burnt by the Hell Fire Club? No friends in high places to get you into the Bilderberg or the Bohemian Grove? Feeling isolated and powerless? Fear not. There is an answer... Why not start your own secret society to add an air of mystery to your life and instantly alter the way you are... more...

  • Freimaurer für Dummiesby Christopher Hodapp

    Wiley 2015; US$ 11.50

    Geheime Bruderschaften, undurchsichtige Rituale und rätselhafte Symbole - da findet sich reichlich Stoff für Spekulationen und Verschwörungstheorien. "Freimaurer für Dummies" schafft Klarheit. Es beschreibt, wann und warum die Freimaurer gegründet wurden, erläutert die Rituale, erklärt die Symbole und deren Entwicklung... more...

  • The Ku Klux Klan in the Southwestby Charles C. Alexander

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    This is a study of a disturbing phenomenon in American society -- the Ku Klux Klan -- and that eruption of nativism, racism and moral authoritarianism during the 1920s in the four states of the Southwest -- Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas -- in which the Klan became especially powerful. The hooded order is viewed here as a move by frustrated... more...

  • The Anti-Masonic Party in the United Statesby William Preston Vaughn

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    Here, for the first time in more than eighty years, is a detailed study of political Antimasonry on the national, state, and local levels, based on a survey of existing sources. The Antimasonic party, whose avowed goal was the destruction of the Masonic Lodge and other secret societies, was the first influential third party in the United States and... more...

  • Associations and the Chinese State: Contested Spacesby Jonathan Unger

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 44.95

    What role do Chinese popular associations play in the expansion of civil society and democratization? Under Mao few associations were permitted to exist, while today over 200,000 associations are officially recognized. Are they important foundations of civil society, or vehicles for state corporatism and control? In this book leading China specialists... more...

  • The Ku Klux Klan in Western Pennsylvania, 1921?1928by John Craig

    Lehigh University Press 2014; US$ 79.99

    This book details extensive Klan activism in western Pennsylvania, 1921-1928, a region where two hundred thousand residents joined the KKK. The racist, nativist organization would be responsible for numerous acts of violence, including two large-scale deadly riots. more...

  • Mysteries and Conspiraciesby Luc Boltanski

    Wiley 2014; US$ 26.95

    The detective story, focused on inquiries, and in its wake the spy novel, built around conspiracies, developed as genres in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. During the same period, psychiatry was inventing paranoia, sociology was devising new forms of causality to explain the social lives of individuals and groups and political science... more...