The Pursuit of the Millennium: Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages

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The end of the millennium has always held the world in fear of earthquakes, plague, and the catastrophic destruction of the world. At the dawn of the 21st millennium the world is still experiencing these anxieties, as seen by the onslaught of fantasies of renewal, doomsday predictions, and New Age prophecies. This fascinating book explores the millenarianism that flourished in western Europe between the eleventh and sixteenth centuries. Covering the full range of revolutionary and anarchic sects and movements in medieval Europe, Cohn demonstrates how prophecies of a final struggle between the hosts of Christ and Antichrist melded with the rootless poor's desire to improve their own material conditions, resulting in a flourishing of millenarian fantasies. The only overall study of medieval millenarian movements, The Pursuit of the Millennium offers an excellent interpretation of how, again and again, in situations of anxiety and unrest, traditional beliefs come to serve as vehicles for social aspirations and animosities.
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About the author

Norman Cohn held the Astor-Wolfson Chair at the University of Sussex until his retirement in 1980. He is the author of Warrant for Genocide, for which he received the Anisfield Wolf Award in Race Relations.
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Publisher
Oxford University Press
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Published on
May 15, 1970
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Pages
416
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ISBN
9780198020028
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Europe / Medieval
History / World
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All over the world people look forward to a perfect future, when the forces of good will be finally victorious over the forces of evil. Once this was a radically new way of imagining the destiny of the world and of mankind. How did it originate, and what kind of world-view preceded it? In this engrossing book, the author of the classic work The Pursuit of the Millennium takes us on a journey of exploration, through the world-views of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and India, through the innovations of Iranian and Jewish prophets and sages, to the earliest Christian imaginings of heaven on earth.

Until around 1500 B.C., it was generally believed that once the world had been set in order by the gods, it was in essence immutable. However, it was always a troubled world. By means of flood and drought, famine and plague, defeat in war, and death itself, demonic forces threatened and impaired it. Various combat myths told how a divine warrior kept the forces of chaos at bay and enabled the world to survive. Sometime between 1500 and 1200 B.C., the Iranian prophet Zoroaster broke from that static yet anxious world-view, reinterpreting the Iranian version of the combat myth. For Zoroaster, the world was moving, through incessant conflict, toward a conflictless state—“cosmos without chaos.” The time would come when, in a prodigious battle, the supreme god would utterly defeat the forces of chaos and their human allies and eliminate them forever, and so bring an absolutely good world into being. Cohn reveals how this vision of the future was taken over by certain Jewish groups, notably the Jesus sect, with incalculable consequences. 

Deeply informed yet highly readable, this magisterial book illumines a major turning-point in the history of human consciousness. It will be mandatory reading for all who appreciated The Pursuit of the Millennium.
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This book, which is more accurately described as a sales training manual, introduces and teaches a new sales paradigm that is based upon honesty, integrity, relationship, and service. It is for those who want a long-term career in sales and customer service, a career that affords you financial freedom, and success.

Sales out of Service evolved empirically over the course of twenty years. Norman Cohn started the Utah College of Massage Therapy with $200 and grew it into a $40 million dollar business with seven schools in four states. In a competitive industry, his schools excelled qualitatively and quantitatively. Sales out of Service permeated his schools influencing everything from management to the students’ classroom experience. He attributes the growth and success of his business to this new model of sales and customer service.

Everything contained in this book comes from on-the-court experience quantified by specific measurable results. The information is neither theoretical or pie-in-the-sky wishful thinking. Sales out of Service has been proven to be effective in a service based competitive industry. This new paradigm makes it possible for anyone to succeed selling any product or service no matter the price. You do not need a college education, a certain type of personality or any special talent. You just need to be a person who is willing to work hard, and who is committed to your future success in the market place.

All over the world people look forward to a perfect future, when the forces of good will be finally victorious over the forces of evil. Once this was a radically new way of imagining the destiny of the world and of mankind. How did it originate, and what kind of world-view preceded it? In this engrossing book, the author of the classic work The Pursuit of the Millennium takes us on a journey of exploration, through the world-views of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and India, through the innovations of Iranian and Jewish prophets and sages, to the earliest Christian imaginings of heaven on earth.

Until around 1500 B.C., it was generally believed that once the world had been set in order by the gods, it was in essence immutable. However, it was always a troubled world. By means of flood and drought, famine and plague, defeat in war, and death itself, demonic forces threatened and impaired it. Various combat myths told how a divine warrior kept the forces of chaos at bay and enabled the world to survive. Sometime between 1500 and 1200 B.C., the Iranian prophet Zoroaster broke from that static yet anxious world-view, reinterpreting the Iranian version of the combat myth. For Zoroaster, the world was moving, through incessant conflict, toward a conflictless state—“cosmos without chaos.” The time would come when, in a prodigious battle, the supreme god would utterly defeat the forces of chaos and their human allies and eliminate them forever, and so bring an absolutely good world into being. Cohn reveals how this vision of the future was taken over by certain Jewish groups, notably the Jesus sect, with incalculable consequences. 

Deeply informed yet highly readable, this magisterial book illumines a major turning-point in the history of human consciousness. It will be mandatory reading for all who appreciated The Pursuit of the Millennium.
The American consumer has become the frog in the water. The old sales model that is taught and practiced in this country has conditioned us to accept deceit and nondisclosure. Instead of being served, we are pitched and manipulated. Relationship, service, and authenticity take a back seat to the salesperson’s end game, which is earning commission and generating sales. We have grown to accept this from the waitperson in the restaurant to the president in the white house.

The old sales paradigm that has been around since the days peddling snake oil is based upon the seller getting the buyer to do what the seller wants the buyer to do. Any means justifies the end. Any persuasive, convincing, manipulative technique is justified in order to earn commission. This has been going on for so long and is so pervasive in our society that there is little trust in salespeople, in consumer goods and services, in big business, and in government. Even though the customer has evolved to distrust this old sales model, the old paradigm is still being taught and practiced. It is time for a new sales model. It is time for Sales out of Service.

This book, which is more accurately described as a sales training manual, introduces and teaches a new sales paradigm that is based upon honesty, integrity, relationship, and service. It is for those who want a long-term career in sales and customer service, a career that affords you financial freedom, and success.

Sales out of Service evolved empirically over the course of twenty years. Norman Cohn started the Utah College of Massage Therapy with $200 and grew it into a $40 million dollar business with seven schools in four states. In a competitive industry, his schools excelled qualitatively and quantitatively. Sales out of Service permeated his schools influencing everything from management to the students’ classroom experience. He attributes the growth and success of his business to this new model of sales and customer service.

Everything contained in this book comes from on-the-court experience quantified by specific measurable results. The information is neither theoretical or pie-in-the-sky wishful thinking. Sales out of Service has been proven to be effective in a service based competitive industry. This new paradigm makes it possible for anyone to succeed selling any product or service no matter the price. You do not need a college education, a certain type of personality or any special talent. You just need to be a person who is willing to work hard, and who is committed to your future success in the market place.

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