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By Richard Landes

Millennialists during the a long time have appeared ahead to the apocalyptic second that may significantly remodel society into heaven on the earth. they've got introduced withering reviews in their personal civilizations and promised either the approaching annihilation of the forces of evil and the arrival of an ideal society. And all their provides have consistently failed. We have a tendency, for this reason, to brush off those prophets of doom and salvation as crackpots and madmen, and never unusually historians of our secular period have tended to underestimate their effect on our smooth global. Now, Richard Landes bargains a lucid and ground-breaking research of this largely misunderstood phenomenon.

This long-awaited examine exhibits that many occasions ordinarily considered as secular--including the French Revolution, Marxism, Bolshevism, Nazism--not in simple terms comprise key millennialist components, yet persist with the apocalyptic curve of enthusiastic release, sadness and (often catastrophic) re-entry into "normal time." certainly, as Landes examines the categorical millennialism in the back of such contemporary occasions because the emergence of world Jihad considering 1979, he demanding situations the typical concept that glossy heritage is basically pushed by means of secular pursuits. via concentrating on ten largely diverse case experiences, none of which come from Judaism or Christianity, he exhibits that millennialism is not just a cultural common, but additionally a very adaptive social phenomenon that persists around the smooth and post-modern divides. even as, he additionally bargains worthy perception into the social and mental components that force such beliefs.

Ranging from historical Egypt to modern day unidentified flying object cults and worldwide Jihad, Heaven on Earth either supplies an eye-opening revisionist argument for the importance of millennialism all through historical past and indicators the reader to the alarming unfold of those ideologies in our international today.

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