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Longing For The End: A History of Millennialism in Western Civilization First Thus Edition

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Historian Baumgartner (France in the Sixteenth Century, etc.) chronologically charts how millennialism snakes through the ages, from early Christianity right on up to Jonestown and Waco and beyond. Historically, writes Baumgartner, people have always longed for the Day of Doom. Millennial cults and sects, from Jesus and his disciples to the 19th-century English millennialist John Wroe and David Koresh, have inextricably been tied up with religion, and Baumgartner limits his book to "Christian groups and those heavily influenced by Christianity." Baumgartner's most interesting passages illustrate how millennialism comes to the fore during times of revolution and crisis: the French, American and Russian revolutions, as well as the bomb-crazed Cold War. While Baumgartner for the most part avoids overarching hypotheses about what all this millennial brouhaha might mean, he gives readers a concise survey of the end of the worldAas it has been imagined and, sometimes, actively pursued. (Sept.)
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"A lucid and readable survey of the many varieties and permutations of millennialism in Western thought. This admirably accessible overview provides a useful historical context for ideas that remain pervasive and potent today." - Paul Boyer, Author of When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; First Thus edition (February 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312238347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312238346
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,304,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. McQueen on November 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
Frederic J. Baumgartner offers a very readable introduction to the history of millennialism in the West. I have now read a fair number of such histories. What makes Baumgartner's different is that, apart from providing the familiar history (which touches on outbreaks of millennialism from the birth of Christianity through the Cold War and Waco), it offers lots of original observations along the way. Nitpickers will notice a few errors in dates or small facts in the book. Scholars of the history of millennialism may also quibble with Baumgartner's interpretation of particular periods and events. However, on the whole, it's a strong and very accessible contribution.
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Precise yet profound, readable yet not simple. A nice, popular introduction.
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