Millennial Themes in American Thought, 1756 -1800
By (author) Ruth H. Bloch
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Visionary Republic by Ruth H. Bloch
Book DescriptionAn account of the role of millennial thinking in the age of the American Revolution, this book demonstrates the popularity and diffusion of millennial expectations among several types of American Protestants by the middle of the eighteenth century and illuminates the way these hopes shaped the understanding of the Revolution and the symbolic meaning of the new nation. Unlike most previous works, this study extends well beyond the social and geographic perimeters of the New England clergy and is based on a wide range of secular as well as religious literature. The book not only sheds light on the role of religion in the American Revolution, but it also surveys an important facet of the intellectual history of the early Republic. Analysing the interplay of millennial, republican and Enlightenment ideas about the future, the author reveals both complementary and contradictory themes in American thought of an older cultural tradition of millennialism while at the same time tracing variations and changes within that tradition during this formative period of American history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521357647
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Feb-1988
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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A collection of essays on the origins of Anglo-American conceptions of gender and morality. The volume illuminates the overarching theme by addressing a basic historical question: Why did the attitudes toward gender and family relations that we now consider traditional values emerge when they did?
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