The Apocalypse in Germany, initially published in German in 1988, is now available in English for the first time. The apocalypse, an appropriate topic for the new millennium, has piqued humanity’s interest for the past two thousand years, functioning as both a captivating vision of redemption and a terrifying threat.
The Apocalypse in Germany is a multidisciplinary work that examines essential features of the apocalypse as a theological, political, and artistic phenomenon. Klaus Vondung finds inspiration from theological, philosophical, and political books, as well as art and literature. Vondung analyzes the structural elements and typical images of the apocalyptic worldview using traditional Jewish and Christian apocalyptic literature as symbolic and historical models. He examines the relationship between apocalyptic visions and utopian speculations, as well as whether modern apocalypses are possible.