The Importance of Networks in the Enlightenment

Like the Reformation, the scientific revolution and the Enlightenment were network-driven phenomena, yet they spread faster and farther. This reflected the importance of acquaintances in correspondence networks such as Voltaire’s and Benjamin Franklin’s, communities that might otherwise have remained subdivided into national clusters. It also reflected the way that new social organizations—notably, Freemasonry—increased the connectedness of like-minded men, despite established divisions of social status. It is no accident that so many key figures in the American Revolution, from George Washington to Paul Revere, were also Freemasons.

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 The False Prophecy of Hyperconnection
Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Ferguson, Niall (2017-08-15), The False Prophecy of Hyperconnection, Foreign Affairs, Retrieved on 2017-10-25
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