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Masonic Historiography

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This chapter examines the extent to which Masonry was linked to what was to become a Revolution which, like it or not, was to define the shape of the modern life. Without fear of being contradicted the author affirms that masonic historiography was built, after 1789, on this defining event. The pattern of thinking which has predominated for a long time is that of a 'conspiracy'. Shortly afterwards this thinking was countered by the opposition of Mounier who exonerated Freemasonry from all involvement in the preparation and then the bringing to fruition of the French Revolution. If Freemasonry is first and foremost the concern of Masons, the role of the historian is to explain and understand what at any given moment in time leads him to knock at the door of the temple, to become a member, to practice philanthropy and philadelphia. Finally, the chapter reviews Anglo-Saxon approach.

Keywords: Anglo-Saxon approach; Freemasonry; French Revolution; masonic historiography

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