The Apocalypse in Germany

The Apocalypse in Germany

by Klaus Vondung
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826212921

ISBN-13: 9780826212924

Pub. Date: 01/28/2001

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

Originally published in German in 1988, The Apocalypse in Germany is now available for the first time in English. A fitting subject for the dawn of the new millennium, the apocalypse has intrigued humanity for the last two thousand years, serving as both a fascinating vision of redemption and a profound threat.

A cross-disciplinary study, The Apocalypse

Overview

Originally published in German in 1988, The Apocalypse in Germany is now available for the first time in English. A fitting subject for the dawn of the new millennium, the apocalypse has intrigued humanity for the last two thousand years, serving as both a fascinating vision of redemption and a profound threat.

A cross-disciplinary study, The Apocalypse in Germany analyzes fundamental aspects of the apocalypse as a religious, political, and aesthetic phenomenon. Author Klaus Vondung draws from religious, philosophical, and political texts, as well as works of art and literature. Using classic Jewish and Christian apocalyptic texts as symbolic and historical paradigms, Vondung determines the structural characteristics and the typical images of the apocalyptic worldview. He clarifies the relationship between apocalyptic visions and utopian speculations and explores the question of whether modern apocalypses can be viewed as secularizations of the Judeo-Christian models.

Examining sources from the eighteenth century to the present, Vondung considers the origins of German nationalism, World War I, National Socialism, and the apocalyptic tendencies in Marxism as well as German literature—from the fin de siècle to postmodernism. His analysis of the existential dimension of the apocalypse explores the circumstances under which particular individuals become apocalyptic visionaries and explains why the apocalyptic tradition is so prevalent in Germany.

The Apocalypse in Germany offers an interdisciplinary perspective that will appeal to a broad audience. This book will also be of value to readers with an interest in German studies, as it clarifies the riddles of Germany's turbulent history and examines the profile of German culture, particularly in the past century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826212924
Publisher:
University of Missouri Press
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvii
Introduction1
Part 1Approaches
1.How Exciting the Vision of the New World Is! Or, What Ernst Toller Connects with John of Patmos11
2.Is the New Jerusalem a Utopia?19
3.Can the Apocalypse Be Secularized?36
4.Symbols and Experiences50
Part 2The Apocalyptic View of History
A.Structures67
5.History Has No Meaning; Therefore, It Must Be Destroyed68
6.History Must Have Meaning, So Meaning Is Created87
7."World History Is the Last Judgment"106
B.Movements120
8.The Birth of Nationalism from the Spirit of the Apocalypse123
9.From Holy Spirit to National Spirit130
10.Protest and Futility142
11."Our Army and Navy Are Also a Spiritual Power": The Apocalypse of 1914154
12.An Epilogue--"German Spirit: Sieg Heil!"169
13.The Spirit of Utopia184
Part 3Aesthetics of the Apocalypse
C.Forms213
14.Images: Torrents of Mud and Crystal217
15.Style: Dramatic237
16.Rhetoric: Consolation and Agitation259
D.Representations275
17.Dreams of Death and Destruction277
18."If War Came! Oh, for Something Higher ...": Visions of the New Man293
19.Shaping the Shapeless308
20."Paradise Is Won in Every Form": Redemption through Art321
21.Surrender of the Imagination?337
Part 4The Existential Apocalypse
22.Transformation and Revolt363
23.Lust for Power and the Spirit of Sacrifice375
24.The Last and the First397
Bibliography419
Index425

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