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Friends Meeting

28th Meeting of Friends of the IISH

This afternoon’s special topic is a lecture by Jaap Kloosterman: 'The History of Secret Societies'. Modern secret societies thrived from the late eighteenth century through the beginning of the twentieth, though they built on older traditions. Several aspects of the phenomenon's history will be discussed, seizing the occasion of a number of 2014 centenaries related to Jesuits, Rosicrucians, Freemasons, Mikhail Bakunin and the assassination at Sarajevo.


14:45-15:00 Coffee and tea

15:00-15:15 Welcome

15:15-16:15 Presentation of highlights among the recent acquisitions

16:15-16:30 Short break

16:30-17:15 Lecture by Jaap Kloosterman 

17:15-18:00 Drinks

If you want to attend, please notify us by sending an e-mail to or phone 020 6685866