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By Raffaella Faggionato

The writer undertakes an research into the historical past of Russian Freemasonry that has no longer been tried formerly. Her premise is that the Russian Enlightenment indicates bizarre gains, which forestall the applying of the interpretative framework universal for the background of western notion. the writer bargains with the improvement of early Russian masonry, the formation of the Novikov circle in Moscow, the ‘programme’ of Rosicrucianism and the nature of its Russian version and, eventually, the conflict among the Rosicrucians and the country. the writer concludes that the defenders of the Ancien Régime weren't incorrect. actually the democratic behaviour, the severe perspective, the perform of participation, the liberty of idea, the tolerance for the range, the hunt for a right away conversation with the divinity, briefly the entire attitudes and behaviours first practiced contained in the eighteenth century Rosicrucian hotels constituted a cultural adventure which unfold in the course of the whole society. Novikov’s imprisonment in 1792 and the conflict opposed to the Rosicrucian literature have been makes an attempt to thwart a tradition, in line with the independence of inspiration that was once taking root contained in the very institution, representing a risk to its stability.

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