Prophets of a New Age: The Politics of Hope from the Eighteenth Through the Twenty-first Centuries

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Scribner's, 1992 - Social Science - 305 pages
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"More than crystals and occultism, New Age movements have existed throughout modern history in many guises, finding their strength and popularity in a visionary politics of hope at which realists traditionally balk. Yet what realist would have dreamed of the overnight end of the Cold War, German reunification, or the dismantling of Apartheid?" "In Prophets of a New Age, Martin Green takes a serious look at three centuries of a social and cultural movement much maligned by academics and men of action. Defining a New Ager as one who sees "the possibility of a radically new life for anyone courageous enough to embrace it," Green examines an extraordinary array of thought and deeds of revolutionaries, journalists, vegetarians, and poets--hermits and leaders of nations, all of whom are linked by a common concern for change in society." "From Paine, Tolstoy, and Gandhi to Shirley MacLaine and Gary Snyder, an imaginative though disparate group of voices is heard and analyzed in concert for the first time. On the eve of the millennium, Martin Green gives us New Ages present and past to shed light on our future in this revelatory work of cultural history."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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PROPHETS OF A NEW AGE: The Politics of Hope from the Eighteenth through the Twenty-first Centuries

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Green (The Mount Vernon Street Warrens, 1990, etc.) looks at the loosely connected set of ``ideas, icons, myths, and rituals'' that have recurred toward the ends of the past few centuries in order to ... Read full review

Prophets of a new age: the politics of hope from the eighteenth through the twenty-first centuries

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Green explores the concept of New Age from a broader perspective than that which is commonly associated with the label. He defines "New Ages'' as periods in history which are characterized by a ... Read full review


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Green is Professor of English at Tufts University.

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