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Millennialism, Persecution and Violence: Historical Cases (Religion and Politics) [Paperback]

Catherine Wessinger

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30 Nov 1999 Religion and Politics
Wessinger (history of religions, Loyola U.) presents 18 papers that explore three interrelated patterns of some millennial religious movements: violence by outsiders, the initiation of violence to preserve religious goals, and millennial ideologies that sanction violence. Among the various groups treated in the articles are the Mormons, the Branch Davidians at Waco, the Maoists of the Great Leap Forward, Rastafarians, the People's Temple at Jonestown, and the Khmer Rouge.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press (30 Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815605994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815605997
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,897,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on a wide variety of millennialist movements 7 Jun 2005
By Jack D. Eller - Published on Amazon.com
I have read many books on this subject, especially recently as I prepare to assemble a book on the broader topic of religion and violence. This is one of the best on this sub-phenomenon of millennialism and violence. It has some very helpful theoretical/conceptual discussions by some of the big names in the field, along with a large number of manageable case studies, spanning much of recent history. The obvious ones are there--Branch Davidians, Aum Shinrikyo, Peoples Temple--as well as some less likely topics like Nazism and Russian Old Believers. For compact discussions of a wide array of movements set in a good organizational and analytical framework, this is an excellent offering.
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