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WCFFH 2015 Recommended Reading Lists and Resources

 
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The Patron Saints and the Point Within the Circle
by Roy Mandell and Margaret Schmidt. Oil on canvas. 2014
Commissioned by John Mercer Lodge in Omaha Nebraska
Master of the lodge at the time: Brother David Long
 
The study of Freemasonry is becoming an important and growing force within the academic field. The purpose of the WCFFH 2015 is to facilitate growing discussions, and provide a space for excellent research to take center stage. Below we hope you will find complementary media and resources to enrich the experience of the WCFFH 2015. 
 
On this manner, through good wit of geometry,
Began first the craft of masonry;
The clerk Euclid on this wise it found,
This craft of geometry in Egypt land.
 
 In Egypt he taught it full wide,
In divers lands on every side;
Many years afterwards, I understand,
Ere that the craft came into this land.
This craft came into England, as I you say,
In time of good King Athelstane's day
 
Excerpt, The Regius Manuscript
"A Poem of Moral Duties" 1390
 
A major resource is the librabry maintained by Joseph Balsamo (Keith Carpenter) http://countcagliostrosmasonicelibrary.blog.com/ 
 
The University California of Los Angeles College of Social Sciences offers this reading list for secondary sources for Freemasonry and civil society http://freemasonryandcivilsociety.ucla.edu/secondary-sources/
 
Also, Freemasonry, Civil Society, and Democracy in Europe and America, a related University of California Los Angeles course and syllabus visit: https://www.uclaextension.edu/pages/Course.aspx?reg=252928
 
Freemasonry and Secret Societies, a course offered at University of Oregon offers a helpful reading list and syllabus http://pages.uoregon.edu/imcneely/syllabus/McNeely399FM.pdf 
 
See Professor Andrew Prescott's remarks on The Study of Freemasonry as a New Academic Discipline here: http://www.freemasons-freemasonry.com/prescott03.html
 
This helpful list from Freemasonry.FM is also very useful for all interested in Masonic research and education: http://www.freemasonry.fm/Research-Education.html
 
SelectedWorks is also a helpful tool to find authors who have written on the subject, such as Conference Co-Chair, Dr. Paul J Rich: http://works.bepress.com/paulrich/
 
John Belton has written an excellent survey of the problems of recognition by Masonic bodies of each other http://www.freemasons-freemasonry.com/International_Brotherhood.html
 
Westphalia Press is the publishing house of the Policy Studies Organization and one of the world's largest producers of books about fraternalismThe Treaty and subsequent Peace of Westphalia are landmarks in the establishment of secular liberalism and democracy, and the region supported an early book industry and well as having the first modern German constitution. By happy coincidence a conference chair is Brother Charles Bonaparte, current head of the imperial house and direct descendant of the King of Westphalia, Jerome Bonaparte (the Emperor's brother), member of the Toulon Lodge and whose apron is displayed at the Museum of Freemasonry, rue Cadet.
 
IAll papers accepted for presentation will be published by Westphalia Press in three collections: Vital Masonic Scholarship in the 21st Century, New Research in Secret Societies, and European Scholarship in Secrecy and Ritualism, and will be available in-print and electronically.