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The new age in the modern west counterculture, utopia and prophecy from the late eighteenth century to the present day

Title
The new age in the modern west [electronic resource] : counterculture, utopia and prophecy from the late eighteenth century to the present day / Nicholas Campion.
ISBN
9781474219402 (online)
9781472522795 (hardback)
9781472532374 (electronic book)
9781472525932 (PDF)
Published
London ; Oxford ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.
Physical Description
1 online resource (x, 278 p.)
Local Notes
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Notes
Electronic reproduction. London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014. Available via World Wide Web. Access limited by licensing agreement.
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Access restricted by licensing agreement.
Summary
"New Age culture is generally regarded as a modern manifestation of Western millenarianism - a concept built around the expectation of an imminent historical crisis followed by the inauguration of a golden age which occupies a key place in the history of Western ideas. The New Age in the Modern West argues that New Age culture is part of a family of ideas, including utopianism, which construct alternative futures and drive revolutionary change. Nicholas Campion traces New Age ideas back to ancient cosmology, and questions the concepts of the Enlightenment and the theory of progress. He considers the contributions of the key figures of the 18th century, the legacy of the astronomer Isaac Newton and the Swedish visionary Emanuel Swedenborg, as well as the theosophist, H.P. Blavatsky, the psychologist, C.G. Jung, and the writer and artist, Jose Arguelles. He also pays particular attention to the beat writers of the 1950s, the counterculture of the 1960s, concepts of the Aquarian Age and prophecies of the end of the Maya Calendar in 2012. Lastly he examines neoconservatism as both a reaction against the 1960s and as a utopian phenomenon. The New Age in the Modern West is an important book for anyone interested in countercultural and revolutionary ideas in the modern West."--Bloomsbury Publishing.
Variant and related titles
Bloomsbury cultural history. Core collection.
Other formats
Also issued in print.
Format
Books / Online
Language
English
Added to Catalog
February 21, 2019
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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