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The Year 2000 : Essays on the End - Charles B. Strozier

The Year 2000

Essays on the End

By: Charles B. Strozier (Editor), Michael Flynn (Editor)

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The Year 2000 is at hand. The end of the millennium means many things to many people, but it has significance for almost everyone. A thousand years ago, monks stopped copying manuscripts and religious building projects came to a halt as panic swept Europe. Today, anxiety about global warming, government power, superviruses, even recycling, is on some level rooted in the fear of irreversible cataclysm. In a landscape shadowed by racial conflict, technological upheaval, AIDS, and nuclear weapons, we reasonably fear the end of history. 2000 looms large in our religious, political, and cultural imagination. But while 2000 brings dread it also raises the prospect of transformation. There is hope to be found in the apocalyptic.

This panoramic volume explores how the Year 2000 operates in contemporary political discourse, from Black evangelical politics to radical right-wing rhetoric. One section is devoted specifically to apocalyptic violence, analyzing twentieth-century cults and cultural movements, from David Koresh--who renamed his Waco compound Ranch Apocalypse and perished in a modern-day Armageddon that fueled the millennialist angst of other extremist groups--to environmental campaigns like Earth First that also rely on the language of violence and imminent doom in their greening of the Apocalypse.

Introductionp. 1
The Apocalyptic Year 1000: Millennial Fever and the Origins of the Modern Westp. 13
Medieval Millenarianism: Its Bearing on the Comparative Study of Millenarian Movementsp. 30
The Breast, the Apocalypse, and the Colonial Journeyp. 42
God, Lincoln, and the Civil Warp. 59
Apocalyptic Spirituality: Approaching the Third Millenniump. 73
The Other Is Ourselves: A Feminist Spirituality for the Year 2000 and Beyondp. 81
Apocalyptic Violence and the Politics of Wacop. 97
Reflections on Aum Shinrikyop. 112
Shifting Millennial Visions in New Religious Movements: The Case of the Holy Order of MANSp. 121
On the Image of 2000 in Contemporary Cultsp. 133
Phallic Millennialism and Radical Environmentalism: The Apocalyptic Vision of Earth First!p. 144
Coercive Purity: The Dangerous Promise of Apocalyptic Masculinityp. 154
The Paucity of the Millennial Moment: The Case of Nuclearismp. 169
Is the Apocalypse Coming? Paramilitary Culture after the Cold Warp. 180
Racist Apocalypse: Millennialism on the Far Rightp. 190
Political Millennialism within the Evangelical Subculturep. 206
The Millennial Concept and the Evolution of Leadership in Black Pentecostalism and the Nation of Islamp. 217
The Flight from Finitudep. 230
Searching for Alternatives: Autobiography and Masculinity at the Bimillenniump. 239
Hysteresis of the Millenniump. 250
The Impending Computer Crisis of the Year 2000p. 263
Millennium, Texasp. 273
After Armageddon: Apocalyptic Art since the Seventies: Tactics of Survival in a Postnuclear Planetp. 284
Theater at 2000: A Witnessing Projectp. 299
Economics of the Millenniump. 309
Contributorsp. 325
Indexp. 329
About the Editorsp. 343
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ISBN: 9780814780305
ISBN-10: 081478030X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 354
Published: 1st August 1997
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.86