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Prophecy on the Margins: A Case Study of the Apocalypse in Later Seventeenth-Century England

Imagining, predicting and fearing the end of the world is a prevalent aspect of early twenty-first-century thought and popular culture. Nuclear annihilation, environmental disaster or global pandemic – to name just a few – are common themes in film, literature and even in daily newscasts. Such concerns not only demonstrate people’s apprehension with the end of life, on a personal and universal level, but also reflect anxiety about the current and future state of human society – the ways of living and the values of the world.