The Pursuit of the Millennium

Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages

Author: Norman Cohn

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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Category: Literary Collections

Page: 412

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This fascinating book explores the millenarianism that flourished in western Europe between the eleventh and sixteenth centuries. Cohn covers the full range of revolutionary and anarchic sects and movements in medieval Europe.

The Pursuit of the Millennium

Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages

Author: Norman Cohn

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Category: History

Page: 416

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The end of the millennium has always held the world in fear of earthquakes, plague, and the catastrophic destruction of the world. At the dawn of the 21st millennium the world is still experiencing these anxieties, as seen by the onslaught of fantasies of renewal, doomsday predictions, and New Age prophecies. This fascinating book explores the millenarianism that flourished in western Europe between the eleventh and sixteenth centuries. Covering the full range of revolutionary and anarchic sects and movements in medieval Europe, Cohn demonstrates how prophecies of a final struggle between the hosts of Christ and Antichrist melded with the rootless poor's desire to improve their own material conditions, resulting in a flourishing of millenarian fantasies. The only overall study of medieval millenarian movements, The Pursuit of the Millennium offers an excellent interpretation of how, again and again, in situations of anxiety and unrest, traditional beliefs come to serve as vehicles for social aspirations and animosities.

The Pursuit of the Millennium

Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages

Author: Norman Rufus Colin Cohn

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Category: Church history

Page: 481

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The Post-Soviet Politics of Utopia

Language, Fiction and Fantasy in Modern Russia

Author: Mikhail Suslov

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

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Category: Political Science

Page: 376

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More than 700 'utopian' novels are published in Russia every year. These utopias – meaning here fantasy fiction, science fiction, space operas or alternative history – do not set out merely to titillate; instead they express very real Russian anxieties: be they territorial right-sizing, loss of imperial status or turning into a 'colony' of the West. Contributors to this innovative collection use these narratives to re-examine post-Soviet Russian political culture and identity. Interrogating the intersections of politics, ideologies and fantasies, chapters draw together the highbrow literary mainstream (authors such as Vladimir Sorokin), mass literature for entertainment and individuals who bridge the gap between fiction writers and intellectuals or ideologists (Aleksandr Prokhanov, for example, the editor-in-chief of Russia's far-right newspaper Zavtra). In the process The Post-Soviet Politics of Utopia sheds crucial light onto a variety of debates – including the rise of nationalism, right-wing populism, imperial revanchism, the complicated presence of religion in the public sphere, the function of language – and is important reading for anyone interested in the heightened importance of ideas, myths, alternative histories and conspiracy theories in Russia today.

Hegel

Religion, Economics, and the Politics of Spirit, 1770-1807

Author: Laurence Dickey

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Category: History

Page: 459

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This major study of Hegel's intellectual development up to the writing of The Phenomonology of Spirit argues that his work is best understood in the context of the liberalisation of German Protestantism in the eighteenth century.

Language in the 21st Century

Author: Humphrey Tonkin

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

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Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 220

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What is the future of languages in an increasingly globalized world? Are we moving toward the use of a single language for global communication, or are there ways of managing language diversity at the international level? Can we, or should we, maintain a balance between the global need to communicate and the maintenance of local and regional identities and cultures? What is the role of education, of language rights, of language equality in this volatile global linguistic mix? A group of leading scholars in sociolinguistics and language policy examines trends in language use across the world to find answers to these questions and to make predictions about likely outcomes. Highlighted in the discussion are, among other issues, the rapidly changing role of English, the equally rapid decline and death of small languages, the future of the major European languages, the international use of constructed languages like Esperanto, and, not least, the question of what role applied scholarship can and should play in mapping and influencing the future.