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A Brief History of the End of the World

by Simon Pearson

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Most people's concept of the 'end of the world' comes from the book of Revelation. Today, there are an estimated 25 million Christian fundamentalists in the US who believe it will come with the 'Rapture;' others point to an ecological catastrophe, the AIDS pandemic, nuclear and biological warfare. With the benefit of a vast historical canvas, Pearson examines both apocalyptic theory (biblical literature, art, and popular culture) and practice (politics, cults, war, and revolution), from its Biblical beginnings to the Branch Davidians, via the Vikings, the French Revolution, the Pilgrim Fathers, Hitler's Apocalyptic rhetoric, asteroids, Hollywood and suicide bombers. Pearson's illuminating study shows how our pictures of the end of the world have evoked and converged—and are still very much on the agenda.

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"For humans everything in life and nature has a beginning, a middle and an end. And this traditional narrative structure is represented most clearly, dramatically and often bizarrely in the myriad versions of that most important end of all - the ending of the world." "The expression of these end-time beliefs informs our history and our culture. From the comic antics of the seventeenth-century Ranters to the current struggle between Bush and Osama bin Laden - via the French Revolution, the Pilgrim Fathers, the Third Reich, asteroids and pop music - Simon Pearson's investigation shows how the apocalyptic tradition has gripped our imagination like no other and has led us into terrible conflicts and strange alliances. His conclusion is that it's our expectations of the end, rather than our origins or the status quo, that have defined the narrative of human history."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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