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Originally published in German in 1988, The Apocalypse in Germany is now available for the first time in English. A fitting subject for the dawn of the new millennium, the apocalypse has intrigued humanity for the last two thousand years, serving as both a fascinating vision of redemption and a profound threat.

A cross-disciplinary study, The Apocalypse in Germany analyzes fundamental aspects of the apocalypse as a religious, political, and aesthetic phenomenon. Author Klaus Vondung draws from religious, philosophical, and political texts, as well as works of art and literature. Using classic Jewish and Christian apocalyptic texts as symbolic and historical paradigms, Vondung determines the structural characteristics and the typical images of the apocalyptic worldview. He clarifies the relationship between apocalyptic visions and utopian speculations and explores the question of whether modern apocalypses can be viewed as secularizations of the Judeo-Christian models.

Examining sources from the eighteenth century to the present, Vondung considers the origins of German nationalism, World War I, National Socialism, and the apocalyptic tendencies in Marxism as well as German literature—from the fin de siècle to postmodernism. His analysis of the existential dimension of the apocalypse explores the circumstances under which particular individuals become apocalyptic visionaries and explains why the apocalyptic tradition is so prevalent in Germany.

The Apocalypse in Germany offers an interdisciplinary perspective that will appeal to a broad audience. This book will also be of value to readers with an interest in German studies, as it clarifies the riddles of Germany's turbulent history and examines the profile of German culture, particularly in the past century.

About the Author

Professor at the University of Siegen, Germany, Klaus Vondung is the author of numerous books in German and editor of The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin, Volume 2, Race and State and The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin, Volume 3, The History of the Race Idea, both available from the University of Missouri Press.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826212924
Translator:
Ricks, Stephen D.
Author:
Ricks, Stephen D.
Author:
Vondung, Klaus
Publisher:
University of Missouri Press
Location:
Columbia, Mo.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
History
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Nationalism
Subject:
European - German
Subject:
German literature
Subject:
Apocalyptic literature
Subject:
Apocalyptic art
Subject:
History--Religious aspects--Christianity
Subject:
German literature -- History and criticism.
Subject:
World History-Germany
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
104-165
Publication Date:
20010131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
illus
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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History and Social Science » Europe » Germany » General
History and Social Science » World History » Germany » General
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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