For the present English edition, we have endeavored to convey precisely Evola's ownsystem of terminology. Thus the reader will note the capitalization of words likeTradition (when used by Evola to denote a transcendent spiritual tradition), Idea, Land,Leader, Mothers (Evola utilizes this term in a sense inspired by J. J. Bachofen), Orders(referring to Knightly Orders,
etc.), and the State. We have attempted tofollow the precedent of the Italian edition (Rome: Volpe, 1972) as closely as possible inthis respect. In addition, we have followed the now common scholarly practice of capitalizing the terms Fascism and Fascist only when they refer specifically to aspectsof the historical Italian Fascism of the Mussolini regime. The terms are set in lowercase when they refer to "generic" or less specific conceptions. The footnotes to the textare all from Evola, with the exception of occasional clarifications by the Editor, whichare noted as such. We have also made a concerted effort to pro-vide the bibliographicaldetails of English translations (when these exist) for books cited by Evola.
Sincere gratitude is expressed to the following people for their efforts with regard tothis edition: Dr. H. T. Hansen for his new preface and for the use of his excellentintroductory essay, Jon Graham at Inner Traditions, Martin Schwarz, Markus Wolff,Phillip Luciani for his initial support of the project, Dr. Stephen Flowers for helpfulsuggestions, and above all to Joscelyn Godwin for his many generous contributions andinsights.