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Fire In the Minds of Men

Post by WanderingLands » Sat Apr 11, 2015 6:40 pm

I've been reading this book Fire In the Minds of Men, by James H. Billington. It's a very wonderful, well done work, thoroughly chronicling the history of various revolutions, and revolutionary thinkers and philosophers that have helped generate all the ideas that exist in modern political history. It certainly has documented a ton of good deep information which is largely obscure when looking into the Internet. For example, it mentions obscure figures Restif de la Bretonne, who had influenced many of the ideas of modern thought; such as the belief in a utopia of communitarian equality, and belief in technological progress of humanity.

Other key things include the Bavarian Order of the Illuminati, the French Revolution and its activists that were influential on many more thinkers to come, and the occult connection (namely Freemasonic connection) to revolutionary societies involved in conspiracy to overthrow governments during the 19th century. There's also Saint-Simonianism, Hegelianism, Marxism, the split between National and Social revolutionaries (as well as the more moderate thinkers), Anarchism, Syndicalism, Fascism. I must say that if you really want to look at the history and background of the function of politics as a whole, this book is definitely one of them to buy.

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Re: Fire In the Minds of Men

Post by Mic84 » Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:05 am

never read this one yet, though i want to read it if i will given a chance, seems like an interesting book.

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Re: Fire In the Minds of Men

Post by WanderingLands » Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:08 pm

I believe that you can find a PDF version of the book right here on the Archives.

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Re: Fire In the Minds of Men

Post by bergie15 » Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:35 pm

This does sound interesting. Maybe I will read it.

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