Preliminary Conclusions

The picture that emerges from a preliminary analysis of the catalog confirms the continuing vitality of Traditionalism in both its spiritual and its political forms.

Traditionalism first developed in France, Switzerland and Italy, and remains strong in those countries, especially in Italy, where both political and spiritual forms are found. Italy is the Western European country with the largest number of entries in the catalog. Traditionalism later spread to the United States, which now has as many entries for Traditionalist groups as does Italy, and has more entries for individuals.

The progress made by Traditionalism in new areas over the last ten to twenty years is striking. In Western Europe, Spain now has a Traditionalist presence that puts it on par with France. Traditionalism is also to be found also in formerly Communist countries--Bosnia, Serbia, Romania, and Hungary--usually, but not only, in its political form. Romania and Hungary both had Traditionalist movements before the Second World War; Serbia, so far as is known, did not.

Traditionalism is also to be found in Russia, which has more entries in the catalog than any European country save Italy. One of the most striking discoveries made during the preparation of this catalog was the extent to which Traditionalism has entered the Russian mainstream. Guénon is discussed in the pages of Russia's most prestigious intellectual journal, Novy Mir , and may be read in the text archive maintained by the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Nowhere else in the world has Traditionalism achieved such acceptance, though the number of Western scholars who have read Traditionalist works is probably greater than one would suspect from looking at their footnotes.

In the United States and Western Europe, Traditionalism remains a somewhat specialized interest, though the impact of the books written by Traditionalists is of course greater than a catalog such as this shows.
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