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Visions of the Future in Germany and America (Krefeld Historical Symposia)

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Predictions about the world have the power to grip whole societies, and shape the actions of many groups whether working in politics, ecology or religion. At the end of epochs and eras humans tend to reflect on the shape of things to come. Most recently, fears about the 'millennium bug' had thousands rushing to stock up on candles and food in the weeks before New Year's Eve.

Concerns about the future have been expressed differently throughout history. This book explores the historical context surrounding various debates, decisions and beliefs about the future in recent centuries. Religious, political, literary and ecological visions of the future in America and Germany are addressed comparatively. In particular, scholars from the United States and Germany explore the meaning of eschatological and utopian thoughts pursued during the last three centuries and tackle subjects ranging from science fiction to religious radicalism, utopian social experiments, and visions of race relations. This book delves into the hopes and fears for the future that have shaped the past and will be of interest to comparative historians as well as to historians of Europe and the United States intrigued by the subject of utopias.

Synopsis:

Predictions about the world have the power to grip whole societies, and shape the actions of many groups whether working in politics, ecology or religion. At the end of eras, humans tend to reflect on the shape of things to come. Most recently, fears about the "millennium bug" had thousands rushing to stock up on candles and canned food in the weeks before New Year's Eve.<P>This book explores the historical context surrounding various debates, decisions and beliefs about the future in recent centuries. Religious, political, literary, and ecological visions of the future in America and Germany are addressed comparatively. In particular, contributors explore the meaning of eschatological and utopian thoughts pursued during the last three decades of the twentieth century and tackle subjects ranging from science fiction to religious radicalism, utopian social experiments, and visions of race relations.

Synopsis:

Predictions about the world have the power to grip whole societies, and shape the actions of many groups whether working in politics, ecology or religion. At the end of epochs and eras humans tend to reflect on the shape of things to come. Most recently, fears about the 'millennium bug' had thousands rushing to stock up on candles and food in the weeks before New Year's Eve.

Concerns about the future have been expressed differently throughout history. This book explores the historical context surrounding various debates, decisions and beliefs about the future in recent centuries. Religious, political, literary and ecological visions of the future in America and Germany are addressed comparatively. In particular, scholars from the United States and Germany explore the meaning of eschatological and utopian thoughts pursued during the last three centuries and tackle subjects ranging from science fiction to religious radicalism, utopian social experiments, and visions of race relations. This book delves into the hopes and fears for the future that have shaped the past and will be of interest to comparative historians as well as to historians of Europe and the United States intrigued by the subject of utopias.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781859735213
Editor:
Finzsch, Norbert; Wellenreuther, Hermann
Editor:
Finzsch, Norbert
Editor:
Finzsch, Norbert; Wellenreuther, Hermann
Editor:
Wellenreuther, Hermann
Editor:
Finzsch, Norbert
Author:
Wellenreuther, Hermann
Author:
Finzsch, Norbert
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Future Studies
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Millennialism
Subject:
Utopias
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Sociology-Future Studies
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Krefeld Historical Symposia Series
Series Volume:
no. 797
Publication Date:
20011001
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
566
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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"Synopsis" by , Predictions about the world have the power to grip whole societies, and shape the actions of many groups whether working in politics, ecology or religion. At the end of eras, humans tend to reflect on the shape of things to come. Most recently, fears about the "millennium bug" had thousands rushing to stock up on candles and canned food in the weeks before New Year's Eve.<P>This book explores the historical context surrounding various debates, decisions and beliefs about the future in recent centuries. Religious, political, literary, and ecological visions of the future in America and Germany are addressed comparatively. In particular, contributors explore the meaning of eschatological and utopian thoughts pursued during the last three decades of the twentieth century and tackle subjects ranging from science fiction to religious radicalism, utopian social experiments, and visions of race relations.
"Synopsis" by ,
Predictions about the world have the power to grip whole societies, and shape the actions of many groups whether working in politics, ecology or religion. At the end of epochs and eras humans tend to reflect on the shape of things to come. Most recently, fears about the 'millennium bug' had thousands rushing to stock up on candles and food in the weeks before New Year's Eve.

Concerns about the future have been expressed differently throughout history. This book explores the historical context surrounding various debates, decisions and beliefs about the future in recent centuries. Religious, political, literary and ecological visions of the future in America and Germany are addressed comparatively. In particular, scholars from the United States and Germany explore the meaning of eschatological and utopian thoughts pursued during the last three centuries and tackle subjects ranging from science fiction to religious radicalism, utopian social experiments, and visions of race relations. This book delves into the hopes and fears for the future that have shaped the past and will be of interest to comparative historians as well as to historians of Europe and the United States intrigued by the subject of utopias.

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