Williamson - Apocalypse then

Williamson- - A POCALYPSE T HEN A POCALYPSE T HEN Prophecy and the Making of the Modern World Arthur H Williamson Praeger Series on the Early

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Unformatted text preview: A POCALYPSE T HEN A POCALYPSE T HEN Prophecy and the Making of the Modern World Arthur H. Williamson Praeger Series on the Early Modern World Raymond B. Waddington, Series Editor Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Williamson, Arthur H. Apocalypse then : prophecy and the making of the modern world / Arthur H. Williamson. p. cm. — (Praeger series on the early modern world, ISSN 1940-1523) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN-13: 978-0-275-98508-0 (alk. paper) 1. End of the world. 2. Prophecies. 3. History — Prophecies. I. Title. BL503.W55 2008 202 .3 — dc22 2007044131 British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data is available. Copyright C 2008 by Arthur H. Williamson All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced, by any process or technique, without the express written consent of the publisher. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 2007044131 ISBN-13: 978-0-275-98508-0 ISSN: 1940-1523 First published in 2008 Praeger Publishers, 88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881 An imprint of Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc. www.praeger.com Printed in the United States of America The paper used in this book complies with the Permanent Paper Standard issued by the National Information Standards Organization (Z39.48 – 1984). 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Every reasonable effort has been made to trace the owners of copyright materials in this book, but in some instances this has proven impossible. The author and publisher will be glad to receive information leading to more complete acknowledgments in sub-sequent printings of the book and in the meantime extend their apologies for any omissions. To Liz and Vanessa, and Paulina C ONTENTS List of Illustrations ix Acknowledgments xi Chapter 1. Encountering the Beast 1 Chapter 2. Apocalypse Revived: The Reformation 37 Chapter 3. The Last World Empire and Its Competitors 71 Chapter 4. Prophecy and Nature: Science, Sex, and Salvation 105 Chapter 5. The British Revolutions: The Rise of Modern Politics 135 Chapter 6. Prophecy and Science II: Physics, Geology, and the Eschaton 167 Chapter 7. Apocalyptic Conscience in Crisis: Quakers, Jews, and Other Subversives 187 Chapter 8. Prophecy, Enlightenment, and the Democratic Revolutions 231 Chapter 9. Novus Ordo Saeculorum : The Rise of the Redeemer Republic 265 Chapter 10. Antichrist in the Postapocalyptic Age 293 Notes 321 Index 341 L IST OF I LLUSTRATIONS 1.1 Images of the apostles, mid-fourth-century fresco, Domitilla Catacomb, Rome 11 1.2 Joachim of Fiore’s ‘‘Tree Circles,’’ from the twelfth-century Liber Figurarum 20 1.3 Sandro Botticelli, Mystic Crucifixion, c. 1500 32 1.4 Luca Signorelli, The Reign and Deeds of Antichrist (detail), Orvieto Cathedral, Italy, c. 1500 34 2.1 Robert Recorde, The Castle of Knowledge (London, 1556), frontispiece 41 2.2 Illustration from Martin Luther’s translation of the Bible (1534), Rev. 11:2 – 8 5 9 2.3 Illustration from Martin Luther’s translation of the Bible (1534), Rev. 17 Bible (1534), Rev....
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