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The real history of the end of the world

Author: Sharan Newman
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Berkley Books, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Berkley trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Ever since people realized that things have a beginning and an end, they have wondered if the world was fated to end. Explore the various theories of world destruction from ancient times to present day-- theories that reveal as much about human nature as they do about the predominant historical scientific, and religious beliefs of the times.
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Genre/Form: Local author
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sharan Newman
ISBN: 9780425232538 0425232530
OCLC Number: 426801656
Notes: "Apocalyptic predictions from Revelation and Nostradamus to Y2K and 2012"--Cover.
Description: xvii, 313 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Before the Common Era. Nothing but humankind and the stars ; Akkadians, Babylonians, and Hittites, oh my! ; Ancient Egypt : keeping the world in balance ; Thus spake Zoroaster : the ancient Persian cosmos ; India : the Great Mandala ; The Book of Daniel --
The first five centuries of the Common Era : defining the end. Apocalypses everywhere The first Christians ; John of Patmos and his revelation ; Chinese millennial movements I : the Yellow Turbans : Montanism ; Augustine and the Apocalypse --
The Middle Ages. The calm between the panics ; The prophecies of Merlin ; Setting the clock : the Maya ; Messiahs, the Antichrist, and the Apocalypse in early Islam ; Joachim of Fiore : monk, prophet, and superstar --
All hell breaks loose : the Renaissance and Reformation. Any minute now : the millennial Renaissance and Enlightenment ; The Hussites and Taborites : a scandal in Bohemia ; Savonarola and decadent Florence ; Nostradamus ; Sabbatai Sevi : almost the Messiah ; The Russian old believers, or, "If it was good enough for Grandpa--" ; The fifth Monarchy ; The founders of modern science --
The millennial nineteenth century. Heaven on earth ; The Cherokee Ghost Dance of 1811-1812 ; The Millerites ; The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Coming : the shakers ; The Mummyjums ; Chinese millennial movements II : Jesus little brother ; The doomsealers --
Doomsday just around the corner : the nervous twentieth century. The new apocalyptic age ; Modern Mahdi : the guided One in world Islam ; Cargo cults, messiahs, and the end of the world : millennial activity in Melanesia ; The fifth world : Hopi prophecy and 2012 ; The Branch Davidians ; The bible Code ; Y2Y : apocalyptic technophobia ; The Rapture, or, "If you hear a trumpet, grab the steering wheel" --
Still waiting for the end. End-time scenarios ; The end of the end.
Other Titles: End of the world
Responsibility: Sharan Newman.
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Ever since people realized that things have a beginning and an end, they have wondered if the world was fated to end. Explore the various theories of world destruction from ancient times to present day-- theories that reveal as much about human nature as they do about the predominant historical scientific, and religious beliefs of the times.

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