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Much of the book is devoted to an examination of the persistence of the apocalyptic heritage from ancient Greek and Hebrew civilizations, through the religious revivals of the Middle Ages and the Enlightenment belief in progress, to its importance in Hegelian and Bolshevik thought, and finally to its expression today in the resurgence of religious fundamentalism in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Mendel concludes his remarkable book with an appeal for the more modest and humane philosophy of the "repair of the world," which, he argues, is central to biblical teaching.
The late Arthur P. Mendel was Professor of History, University of Michigan, specializing in Russian intellectual history. His first book, Dilemmas of Progress in Tsarist Russia: Legal Marxism and Legal Populism, established him as one of the outstanding historians of his generation. Richard Landes is co-founder, with Stephen O'Leary, of the Center for Millennial Studies. He is also Associate Professor of History, Boston University, and author of Relics, Apocalypse, and the Deceits of History: Ademar of Chabannes, 989-1034.
|Purgatory in Ingolstadt||29|
|The Little Red-Hot Man||75|
|The Politics of Brutality: Toward a Definition of the Critical Volksstuck||106|
|Excerpt from The Theater||180|
|Director's Note to IandI||181|
|An Interview with Friederike Roth: Building Sentences, Ripping Out Hearts, Knocking Off Heads||211|
|Theater as Counter-Concept: An Interview with Gerlind Reinshagen||274|
|An Interview with Gerlind Reinshagen||277|
|Worlds of Images: The First Women's Theater Troupe ANNA KONDA||340|
|FiT Frauen im Theater: Women in Theater||346|