Veronika Wieser, Christian Zolles, Catherine Feik, Martin Zolles and Leopold Schlöndorff eds. Abendländische Apokalyptik: Kompendium zur Genealogie der Endzeit Kulturgeschichte der Apokalyptik 1
(Akademie Verlag; Berlin 2013)
The authors in this volume have studied the ever-changing perceptions of the End of Time and the Apocalypse from Late Antiquity until the early 21st century. Long associated with specifically biblical themes which were first shaped by the Book of Revelation in the New Testament, the main goal of the contributors has been to trace the social dynamics and discursive strategies behind the different visions of the end times in various eras. Such descriptions and the world-views they exemplified were, after all, important factors in the formation of identities and communities. Ranging from modern times to the early modern, medieval and late antique periods, the socio-cultural approaches pioneered by the contributors take into account questions of medial and representational strategies, as well as the identities and cosmologies that gave rise to the depictions under scrutiny.