The Resource Millennium III, century XXI : a retrospective on the future, Peter N. Stearns

Millennium III, century XXI : a retrospective on the future, Peter N. Stearns

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Millennium III, century XXI : a retrospective on the future
Title
Millennium III, century XXI
Title remainder
a retrospective on the future
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Peter N. Stearns
Title variation
Millennium three, century twenty one
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Language
eng
Summary
As a new century and millennium approach, the world braces itself for a frenzied outpouring of popular excitement, tabloid predictions, and religious hysteria, all egged on by a strong dose of mass media attention. Fortunately, historian Peter Stearns has supplied the antidote with this witty and insightful look at earlier millennial fevers and turn-of-the-century neuroses. By examining this past, he provides a useful perspective on the millennial hype coming in the nearly future. And even if you don't really expect the world to end, the question remains: Can we survive the media's millennium? To understand how we came to count and care about the passage of large units of time, it is crucial to consider not only the configuration of calendars but also Christian thinking about the millennium. Stearns outlines the biblical basis for millennial prophecies, describes later church doctrines, and explores the manifestations of religious millennial excitement, with an emphasis on the vigorous tradition still thriving in the United States, from the Millerites of the 1840s to today's Branch Davidians. What actually happened the first time the world crossed the threshold of a new millennium? We're sure to hear some gripping stories about outbreaks of mass hysteria in the Dark Ages, but they aren't true, and it's important to understand where the myth originated and why it persists. Then there's the century to consider. The advent of the twentieth century, our most recent precedent, was marked by complex mixtures of optimism and despair. The book analyzes this odd coalescence of moods and then considers its relevance to present attitudes - which seem interestingly different from those experienced by our great-grandparents. Finally, we are sure to hear some provocative forecasting by prophets and journalists alike. Stearns concludes by making some predictions of his own about these prognostications, unmasking how they are done and offering useful ways to sort out which ones are reasonable and which are bunk
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Stearns, Peter N
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
CB161
LC item number
.S725 1996
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Twenty-first century
  • Millennium (Eschatology)
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Millennium III, century XXI : a retrospective on the future, Peter N. Stearns
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • Where is our fin de siecle?
  • The 20th century : guidelines for the retrospective
  • Forecasting the 21st century
  • The millennium in perspective
  • The struggle for a Christian calendar
  • The year 1000 : real and imagined precedents
  • Refining the calendar : visions and centuries, 1200-1850
  • Apocalypse now?
  • Assessing and forecasting millennia : beyond the Apocalypse
  • Transition : from millennia to centuries
  • Hailing the 20th century : fireworks and fin de siecle
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 193 p.
Isbn
9780813328706
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96012807
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ill.
System control number
  • 1192067-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)1192067
  • (Sirsi) o34471179
  • (OCoLC)34471179
Label
Millennium III, century XXI : a retrospective on the future, Peter N. Stearns
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • Where is our fin de siecle?
  • The 20th century : guidelines for the retrospective
  • Forecasting the 21st century
  • The millennium in perspective
  • The struggle for a Christian calendar
  • The year 1000 : real and imagined precedents
  • Refining the calendar : visions and centuries, 1200-1850
  • Apocalypse now?
  • Assessing and forecasting millennia : beyond the Apocalypse
  • Transition : from millennia to centuries
  • Hailing the 20th century : fireworks and fin de siecle
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 193 p.
Isbn
9780813328706
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96012807
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • 1192067-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)1192067
  • (Sirsi) o34471179
  • (OCoLC)34471179

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