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Millenarianism and Messianism in Early Modern European Culture

Volume III: The Millenarian Turn: Millenarian Contexts of Science, Politics and Everyday Anglo-American Life in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Editors: Force, J.E., Popkin, R.H. (Eds.)

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Thanks to the work of legions of scholars, the millenarian expectations within large segments of the population in Cromwellian England have been carefully examined. The widespread belief that England, with its messianic leader 1 Cromwell, heralded the millennium is well known. Less well examined, perhaps, has been the cultural conceptions of the role of millenarian and messianic ideas in the "long" eighteenth century. Especially during the stable Hanoverian era - until the American and French Revolutions - the common­ place millennial expectations of the English Civil War appeared to recede. By the end of the eighteenth century, with the Napoleonic wars, millenarian views and interpretations underwent a minor renaissance but with nothing like the fervor, it is commonly thought, of the Puritan era when so many believed that the end was near. By the end of the eighteenth century, so the "official" story goes, the religious sceptics and deists of Enlightened England such as David Hume had done too well their work of tarring such religious radicalism with the brush of "enthusiasm. " Happily, this "official" interpretation of the events of the early modern period - in which scholars have too often taken their cue from writers such as Hume and simply ignored millenarian contexts and expectations in the Age of Reason - has undergone a marked shift in the past twenty years.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • The Appropriation of Joseph Mede: Millenarianism in the 1640s

    Pages 1-13

    Hutton, S.

  • Britain and the Beast: The Apocalypse and the Seventeenth-Century Debate About the Creation of the British State

    Pages 15-27

    Williamson, A. H.

  • A Whig Apocalypse: Astrology, Millenarianism, and Politics in England During the Restoration Crisis, 1678–1683

    Pages 29-41

    Burns, W. E.

  • Robert Boyle on Knowledge of Nature in the Afterlife

    Pages 43-54

    Osler, M. J.

  • Robert Boyle, the Conversion of the Jews, and Millennial Expectations

    Pages 55-65

    Wojcik, J.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Millenarianism and Messianism in Early Modern European Culture
Book Subtitle
Volume III: The Millenarian Turn: Millenarian Contexts of Science, Politics and Everyday Anglo-American Life in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Editors
  • J.E. Force
  • R.H. Popkin
Series Title
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
Series Volume
175
Copyright
2001
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-2282-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-2282-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-6848-9
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-5664-1
Series ISSN
0066-6610
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 198
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