Illuminating the Illuminati

I’ve been thinking a bit about the history of the idea of the Illuminati. I often get asked about the Illuminati when people find out what my area of specialisation is, but unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a self-contained and rigorous history of the evolution of concept I can point them to. Perhaps I should remedy that. But in looking for something, I came across this nice piece by Walter C. Utt, which appeared in the US journal Liberty 14:3 in 1974. it has a very US and 1970s perspective, but as a potted history, it’s rather good. The fun starts on page 17.

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