Millennial Visions

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The Americas have always been fertile grounds for millenarian movements, which found their expression through the spirit of revolutionaries and the practical aspirations of the founding fathers. More recently, millenarian themes have also marked the political fringe in spectacular and often violent ways. These eleven original essays, authored by established scholars in the field, explore the ways in which millenarianism pervades late twentieth century life, explain how ancient ways of millenarian thinking affect modern thinking, examine the theoretical roots of millenarianism, and detail a number of millenarian movements. Filling an important gap in the existing literature, the essays provide a thorough analysis of the phenomenon of modern millenarianism, focusing on the Americas and on modern controversial movements. This unique and important volume will facilitate analysis and comparison of the various aspects of millenarianism in the Americas.

The first section is comprised of essays that examine the meaning of millennial ideas, and why and how millennial themes can be found across history, from Robespierre's ideas to The X-Files. The second section of the book contains essays that focus on specific millennial movements. These essays explore and reflect the wide range of millenarianism in the modern Americas, from Black and White supremacist movements to American fundamentalists, and from the UFO subculture to Catholic sects. This unique collection of essays clearly and carefully explores the millennial urge, the theory and practice of millenarianism, and its expression in the Americas.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275966904
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2000
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

MARTHA F. LEE is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Windsor, where she teaches Political Philosophy and International Relations Theory.

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Table of Contents

Preface by Martha F. Lee

Understanding the Millennial Urge

Modernity and the Millennium: From Robespierre to Radical Feminism by Thomas Flanagan

(Stop) Making Sense of the Millennium: Politics and Culture at the End by Mark Kingwell

Millennium Culture: The Year 2000 as a Religious Event by Michael Barkun

Apocalypse and Community: Rethinking the Origins of Millennialism by Martha F. Lee

Millennial Ideologies

The Fate that Hate Produced: Religion, Science and Fiction in New Millennial Racism by Frederick Wall

Impulse to Growth: The Feminist Millennium of Betty Friedan by Thomas Heilke

UFOs, Extraterrestrials and the Apocalypse--The Making of a Subculture by Philip Lamy

When Your Friend is your Enemy: American Christian Fundamentalists and Israel at the New Millennium by Brenda E. Brasher

Augusto "Cesar" Sandino: Prophet of the Segovias by Marco Navarro-Genie

Sectes and Sovereignty: Quebec's Apocalyptic Movements in Political Context by Susan J. Palmer

Social Science and the Third Age: Joachim of Fiore, G.E. Lessing, and Auguste Comte by Thomas Flanagan

Selected Bibliography


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