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Apocalypses by Eugene Weber
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In these secular times, confessing to a belief in the apocaly consigns a person to Christian fundamentalism or to cult status. But for centuries the Judaeo-Christian version of apocalypse - its Revelations-driven belief in the destruction of evil and the Second Coming of Christ - was accepted as the literal truth and ultimate destination of human existence. The distinguished historian Eugen Weber redresses the historical and religious amnesia that has consigned the study of apocalyptic and millennial thought to the lunatic fringe. Elegantly written, as witty and entertaining as its profound, this is more a travel book of the apocalypse than a definitive academic treatment. And at its heart is a profound respect for the resilience of alternative rationalities, and for the luxuriant current growth of millenarianism in Africa, Asia and South America.

Author Biography

Eugen Weber served in the British Army during the Second World War and was educated at Cambridge and at the Paris Institut de sciences politiques. Until his recent retirement he held the Joan Palevsky Chair of Modern European History at UCLA. Author of a dozen books, Weber has also written and narrated a fifty-two part PBS series, The Western Tradition.
Release date NZ
May 4th, 2000
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Pages
304
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Pimlico
Dimensions
153x235x22
ISBN-13
9780712664608
Product ID
1613344

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