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Author(s): Dachez, Roger
The relations between Freemasonry and → esotericism are problematic. They depend essentially on the idea that freemasons generally have about their own institution: is it above all an “esoteric society”, an initiatic society – and are those the same thing? –, an intellectual circle, or simply a fraternal association? Masonry has given different answers at different times and places, and the experts who study the history and sociology of this institution from the outside do not necessarily agree among themselves. The ambiguity of the word “esotericism” is particularly salien…

Haugwitz, Christian Heinrich

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Author(s): Dachez, Roger
Haugwitz, Christian (August?) (Karl?) Heinrich (Curt?), * 11 Jun 1752 (Peucke bei Oels) (?), † 9 Feb 1832 (Venice) (?) Christian Karl Heinrich, first Baron (Freiherr) and later Count (Graf) of Haugwitz, is known as a statesman whose political career with the Prussian government in Berlin culminated in his becoming President of the Province of Silesia, Ambassador to Vienna, then, in 1791, Minister of State and member of the Cabinet. Simultaneously, he played an active and lifelong role in the world of European → Fre…