1st Edition

Apocalypse Now Connected Histories of Eschatological Movements from Moscow to Cusco, 15th-18th Centuries

Edited By Damien Tricoire, Lionel Laborie Copyright 2023
    296 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Eschatology played a central role in both politics and society throughout the early modern period. It inspired people to strive for social and political change, including sometimes by violent means, and prompted in return strong reactions against their religious activism. From the fifteenth to the eighteenth century, numerous apocalyptical and messianic movements came to the fore across Eurasia and North Africa, raising questions about possible interconnections.

    Why were eschatological movements so pervasive in early modern times? This volume provides some answers to this question by exploring the interconnected histories of confessions and religions from Moscow to Cusco. It offers a broad picture of Christian and, to a lesser extent, Jewish and Islamic eschatological movements from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century, thereby bridging important and long-standing gaps in the historiography.

    Apocalypse Now will appeal to both researchers and students of the history of early modern religion and politics in the Christian, Jewish and Islamic worlds. By exploring connections between numerous eschatological movements, it gives a fresh insight into one of the most promising fields of European and global history.


    Damien Tricoire

    1. Táborite Revolutionary Apocalypticism: Mapping Influences and Divergences

    Martin Pjecha

    2. Heretical Eschatology and Its Impact on Radical Reformation Movements: The Flagellants of Thuringia in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries, Thomas Müntzer, and the Anabaptists

    Ingrid Würth

    3. Terror, War and Reformation: Ivan the Terrible in the Age of Apocalypticism

    Damien Tricoire

    4. A Messiah from the Left Side

    Moti Benmelech

    5. Millenarian News and Connected Spaces in 17th-Century Europe 

    William O’Reilly

    6. Carvajal and the Franciscans: Jewish-Christian Eschatological Expectations in a New World Setting

    Sina Rauschenbach

    7. Kabbalistic Influences on "Pietistic" Millenarian Expectations: Philipp Jakob Spener’s (1635–1705) Eschatological View Between Scripture and Christian Kabbalah

    Elisa Bellucci

    8. Everyday Apocalypse: Russian and Jewish "Sects" at the End of the Eighteenth Century

    Agnieszka Zaganczyk-Neufeld

    9. Margins of the Encubierto: The Messianic Kings’ Tradition in the Iberian World (15th17th Centuries)

    Claudio César Rizzuto

    10. Mirror Images: Imperial Eschatology and Interreligious Transfer in Seventeenth-Century Greek Orthodoxy

    Nikolas Pissis

    11. Restorers of the Divine Law: Native American Revolts in the New World, Christianity, and the Quest for Purity in the Age of Revolution

    Catherine Ballériaux, in collaboration with Damien Tricoire


    Damien Tricoire is Full Professor of Early Modern History at Trier University, Germany, and Associate Member of the Center Roland Mousnier (Sorbonne/CNRS). His research concentrates on the religious, intellectual, informational and social underpinnings of political order, projects, conflicts and revolutions in the European and colonial world from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries.

    Lionel Laborie is Assistant Professor of Early Modern History at the Institute for History, Leiden University, The Netherlands. His research concentrates on the cultural history of ideas and beliefs in early modern Europe, with a particular interest in religious dissenters, transnational networks, radicalism and tolerance in the ‘long’ eighteenth century.