New PDF release: Builders of Empire: Freemasons and British Imperialism,

By Jessica L. Harland-Jacobs

They equipped a number of the first communal buildings at the empire's frontiers. The empire's strongest proconsuls sought front into their motels. Their public rituals drew dense crowds from Montreal to Madras. the traditional loose and authorized Masons have been fundamental developers of empire, argues Jessica Harland-Jacobs. during this first learn of the connection among Freemasonry and British imperialism, Harland-Jacobs takes readers on a trip throughout centuries and 5 continents, demonstrating that from the instant it left Britain's beaches, Freemasonry proved vital to the construction and solidarity of the British Empire.

The association officially emerged in 1717 as a fraternity pointed out with the beliefs of Enlightenment cosmopolitanism, equivalent to common brotherhood, sociability, tolerance, and benevolence. As Freemasonry unfold to Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australasia, and Africa, the group's claims of cosmopolitan brotherhood have been placed to the attempt. Harland-Jacobs examines the brotherhood's function in diversified colonial settings and the influence of the empire at the brotherhood; within the strategy, she addresses problems with globalization, supranational identities, imperial strength, fraternalism, and masculinity. by means of monitoring an immense, identifiable establishment around the vast chronological and geographical expanse of the British Empire, Builders of Empire makes an important contribution to transnational heritage in addition to the historical past of the Freemasons and imperial Britain.

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