Bavarian Illuminati in America: The New England Conspiracy Scare, 1798
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Bavarian Illuminati in America: The New England Conspiracy Scare, 1798

by Vernon Stauffer
     
 


A conspiracy theory flourished in New England in 1798, destroying reputations and lives—but few have ever heard the story. This gripping book chronicles the rise of the Bavarian Order of Illuminists, surveying the tumultuous political, social, and religious atmosphere that allowed the organization to take root in the United States.
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A conspiracy theory flourished in New England in 1798, destroying reputations and lives—but few have ever heard the story. This gripping book chronicles the rise of the Bavarian Order of Illuminists, surveying the tumultuous political, social, and religious atmosphere that allowed the organization to take root in the United States.
Author Vernon Stauffer characterizes the mood in New England after the Revolutionary War, an atmosphere of religious disaffection and political confusion that fostered the development and spread of panic and hysteria. Stauffer traces the European beginnings of the Bavarian Order of Illuminists and the transmission of its legend across the Atlantic, culminating in the effects of the Illuminati agitation in New England. This strictly factual account incorporates no conjecture and is enhanced by extensive footnotes. A compelling work of forgotten history, it is an essential resource for readers interested in the origins of conspiracy theory in American social and political thought.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486451336
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
07/07/2006
Series:
Dover Books on History, Political and Social Science Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

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