The Real History of the End of the World: Apocalyptic Predictions from Revelation and Nostradamus to Y2K and 2012

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Penguin, Apr 6, 2010 - 336 pages
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From the author of The Real History Behind the Templars--the origins and stories behind end-of-the-world predictions throughout history, from Revelations to 2012.

In entertaining and sharp prose, historian Sharan Newman explores theories of world destruction from ancient times up to the present day- theories which reveal as much about human nature as they do about the predominant historical, scientific, and religious beliefs of the time. Readers will find answers to the following end-of-times questions:

?Did the Mayans really say the world will end in December 2012?

?How have the signs in the New Testament Book of Revelations been interpreted over the years?

?How did ancient Egyptians, Norse, and Chinese think the world would end?

?When did Nostradamus predict that the last days would come?

?Does the I Ching reference 2012?

?Why didn't the world end in Y2K?

?Are meteors, global warming, super-volcanoes, and the threat of nuclear war signs that the end is near?
 

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User Review  - kyuuketsukirui - LibraryThing

Does what it says on the tin. This was an easy read, and it was interesting seeing how so many people throughout history have felt that they were living in the end times. Read full review

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The ways in which the world could possibly end are numerous. When precisely this ending will occur is even more debatable than the ways in which it will occur. Newman points out that in most ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER ONE Nothing but Humankind and the Stars
CHAPTER FIVE India
CHAPTER EIGHT The First Christians
CHAPTER ELEVEN Montanism
CHAPTER FOURTEEN The Prophecies of Merlin
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN Joachim of Fiore
All Hell Breaks Loose
CHAPTER TWENTYONE Nostradamus
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE The Founders of Modern Science
CHAPTER TWENTYSEVEN The Cherokee Ghost Dance of 18111812
CHAPTER TWENTYNINE The United Society of Believers in Christs
CHAPTER THIRTYTWO The Doomsealers
CHAPTER THIRTYFIVE Cargo Cults Messiahs and the End of the World
CHAPTER THIRTYSEVEN The Branch Davidians
CHAPTER FORTY
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CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE The Russian Old Believers

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Sharan Newman is a longtime member of the Medieval Academy, has served on the advisory board for the Medieval Association of the Pacific, and is a Ph.D. candidate at UC Santa Barbara. Newman's medieval French mysteries have garnered Macavity, Agatha, and Anthony Award nominations, and she has won the Herodotus Award for Best Historical History.

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