It’s the End of the World: Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements in the Atlantic World, 1500-2000

History 39S

Spring 2018
Section: 
1
Instructor: 
Location: 
3205 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
F 10-12
Class Number: 
41341
Units: 
4

Is it the end of the world as we know it and do we feel fine!? Our seminar explores apocalyptic beliefs and hope for the end of the world in the early modern Atlantic world and/or the desire for the transformation of the world and society—a yearning for a future egalitarian world led by a savior figure. We will examine topics such as the history of apocalyptic ideas and millenarian traditions, early modern movements in Iberia, France and England, millenarian hopes for the New World, colonial dreams and rebellions, and nineteenth century undertakings from Brazil (Juzeiro and Canudos) to the United States (Millerites).