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This book provides an account of the eschatological commitments that have evolved over five centuries to dominate large and influential sections of contemporary evangelicalism in the trans-Atlantic world. Its companion volume, Writing the rapture: Prophecy fiction in evangelical America (2009), attended to one manifestation of this distinctive habit of mind — the ‘rapture’ novels and films that developed through the twentieth century to attract unprecedented levels of celebration and notoriety after the success of Left Behind (1995–2007), one of the best-selling fiction series in American literary history.1 This book, by contrast, provides a canvas of description that is significantly broader and less specific in its chronological and generic concerns. In a survey of aspects of the print culture of one variety of popular Protestantism, this book will describe the origin, development and divisions of competing and contested formulations of the eschatological hopes and fears that evangelicals, throughout their history and on both sides of the Atlantic, have developed in their reading of the apocalyptic and millennial texts of Scripture.

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