Apocalypse: From Antiquity to the Empire of Modernity / Edition 1

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $40.32
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 42%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (10) from $40.32   
  • New (6) from $55.29   
  • Used (4) from $40.32   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Cambridge, England 2009 Hard cover New in very good dust jacket. Glued binding. Paper over boards. 285 p. Contains: Figures. Audience: General/trade.

Ships from: Antioch, TN

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:


Condition: New
New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000.

Ships from: Secaucus, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:


Condition: New
Brand New, Perfect Condition, Please allow 4-14 business days for delivery. 100% Money Back Guarantee, Over 1,000,000 customers served.

Ships from: Montgomery, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Seller since 2007

Feedback rating:


Condition: New

Ships from: Avenel, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:


Condition: New
0745645089 Premium Publisher Direct Books are Like New or Brand New books direct from the publisher sometimes at a discount. Multiple copies are usually available. These books ... are not available for expedited shipping and may take up to 14 business days to receive. Read more Show Less

Ships from: Agoura Hills, CA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Express, 48 States
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:


Condition: New
New Book. Shipped from UK within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000.

Ships from: Horcott Rd, Fairford, United Kingdom

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by


For most of us, "Apocalypse" suggests the cataclysmic end of the world. Yet in Greek "apocalypse" means "revelation," and the real subject of the Book of Revelation is how the sacred arises in history at a moment of crisis and destiny. With origins in ancient religions, the apocalyptic has been a transformative force from the time of the Crusades, through the Reformation, the French Revolution, and modern communism, all the way to the present-day "Islamic Jihad" and "War on Terror." In Apocalypse, John R. Hall explores the significance of apocalyptic movements and the role they have played in the rise of the West and "The Empire of Modernity."

This striking cross-disciplinary study offers a novel basis for rethinking our social order and its ambivalent relations to sacred history. Apocalypse will attract general readers seeking new understandings of the world in challenging times. Scholars and students will find a compelling synthesis that draws them into conversation with others interested in religion, theology, culture, philosophy, and phenomenology, as well as sociology, social theory, Western civilization, and world history.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
ASA 2010 DistinguishedBook Award - Religion Section

"This learned and provocative study will long remain central in thediscussions to follow."
Contemporary Sociology

"Hall's mastery of this literature enables him to construct of anew theory of modernity that has an explanatory power that is clearand compelling. Apocalypse is a dense work, rich in detail andinformation, that is well worth reading."
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

"A masterly account of a phenomenon that, far from passing outwith the coming of modernity,seems intent on re-charging it withits own turbulent passions."
European Journal of Social Theory

"An extraordinarily erudite and readable book about theapocalyptic imaginary and its range over three millenia."
Review of Politics

"In this brilliantly conceived study, Hall not only presents afascinating array of images about the end of time from antiquity tothe present, but also forces us to rethink the role of apocalypticthinking in the human imagination. This mind-bending study shows usthat there is an apocalyptic strand to modernity and history, andwill affect our own way of thinking about the global future."
Mark Juergensmeyer, University of California, SantaBarbara

"This is a necessary book. Theoretically sophisticated,historically erudite, Hall explains the contemporary crisis in anew way. Conflicts between the religious and the secular have givenway to confrontations between sacred and profane. Apocalypse hasentered fully into modern history, and it may be here tostay."
Jeffrey C. Alexander, Yale University

"The apocalyptic imagination, the idea that historical timecould come to an end is indeed a fascinating one. Moreover, as welearn from John R. Hall's impressive study, this idea itself has ahistory which he traces across the centuries from Ancient Babyloniato contemporary America and Islamic radicalism. The book representsa highly illuminating analysis of the reality and power of socialimaginations of time and the end of times."
Martin Riesebrodt, University of Chicago

"Anyone who has ever wondered 'What on earth is the world comingto?' should read Apocalypse. Few will fail to learn muchfrom this masterly tour de force as John Hall takes us on asometimes astonishing, occasionally chilling, and always grippingjourney through history, explaining how alternative visions of timecan herald alternative versions of The End."
Eileen Barker, London School of Economics

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745645087
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/3/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John R. Hall isProfessor of Sociology at University of California, Davis

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi

1 Seeing through the Apocalypse 1

2 The Ancient Origins of History and the Apocalypse 9

Antecedents: time in its primordial and ancient enactments 13

History and apocalypse, connected at birth 17

Cosmos become dualism: Zoroastrianism 18

The ancient Israelites: covenant and apocalypse 19

The time of Jesus and the times of early Christianity 25

Islam, history, and jihad 35

The end of the beginning of modernity 41

3 Medieval Christendom and Its Others 44

Apocalypse, the sacred, and the secular 45

The medieval Roman Church, the Crusades, and heresy 48

Holy war 53

Crusaders against the Jews 55

The Crusades and heresies 57

Religious authority, the Cathar heresy, and the Albigensian Crusade 59

Heresies of asceticism and mysticism 61

Apocalypse as heresy 62

The Reformation and the religious realignment of European states 65

Trajectories of reformation 67

The apocalyptic lever 70

Religion, reformation, and nationalism 73

Conclusion 76

4 Apocalypse Re-formed 79

Modernizing temporality, identities, and everyday life 81

History and the apocalyptic 87

Apocalypse, exploration, colonization, migration 90

Before the Reformation 90

Colonies and migration in the wake of the Reformation 92

States containing the apocalyptic 94

England 95

France 103

Reprise: containment and progress 105

Secular rechanneling of the apocalyptic 108

Conclusion 118

5 Modernity and the Apocalyptic 119

Theorizing modern times 121

Lineages of the secular apocalyptic 132

Revolutionary communism and anarchism in Russia and China 134

Anticolonial messianic movements, terrorism, and guerrilla warfare 142

The dialectic offundamentalism and counterculture through the Cold War 147

American apocalyptics through the nineteenth century 147

Twentieth-century American fundamentalism and the rise of the Christian Right 152

Apocalyptic counterculture 156

Conclusion 159

6 Radical Islam and the Globalized Apocalypse 161

9/11, Iraq, and the problem of violence 165

Political violence and contemporary jihad 169

9/11 and al-Qaida 172

Ideology 174

Organization and modes of action 179

Oppositional milieu 181

Apocalyptic war and the established social order in the West 184

Policing modernity's empire 191

Conclusion 198

7 The Last Apocalypse? 200

Apocalypse as narrative 200

The apocalyptic and Western historical development 203

The end of history and the retheorization of modernity 207

The temporal structures of modernity 209

The diachronic axis of modernity 211

Modernities in the shadows of the diachronic 214

The last apocalypse 220

Notes 227

Bibliography 255

Index 276

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)