'A brilliantly entertaining and profound study of apocalypses throughout history, written by one of the world's most eminent historians. Hugely entertaining...bristling with insight... A brilliant work' - Literary Review
In these secular times, confessing to a belief in the apocalypse consigns a person to Christian fundamentalism or to cult status. But for centuries the Judaeo-Christian version of apocalypse - its Revelations-driven belief in the destruction of evil and the Second Coming of Christ - was accepted as the literal truth and ultimate destination of human existence.
The distinguished historian Eugen Weber redresses the historical and religious amnesia that has consigned the study of apocalyptic and millennial thought to the lunatic fringe. Elegantly written, as witty and entertaining as its profound, this is more a travel book of the apocalypse than a definitive academic treatment. And at its heart is a profound respect for the resilience of alternative rationalities, and for the luxuriant current growth of millenarianism in Africa, Asia and South America.
Praise for Apocalypses
Interesting and informative...a fascinating brief history of a powerful but often hidden thread in Western ways of thoughtEconomist
The aim of Apocalypses is to understand rather than condemn, and in this Weber succeeds brilliantly. A scholar who writes with a light touch, he has illuminated an important swathe of history which most respectable historians tend to neglectJohn Gross, Mail on Sunday
Written with the erudition and lucidity for which Eugen Weber is famous...a stimulating bookRoger Scruton, The Times
An upbeat look at the end of the world...a fascinating and stylish bookJonathan Sale, Daily Telegraph