Apocalypse and Utopia, 1914-1945
Online Symposium, 18 February 2021.
Following the event, participants were invited to submit short video-podcasts summarising their papers, these are made available below as they come available.
While the apocalyptic resonances of the great global conflicts of the twentieth century are well known, the continuity and convulsion in social, political and wider cultural understandings of apocalypticism and utopic idealism across the span of the World Wars and the interwar years has received only limited academic attention. This online symposium explored the evolution of existing and the emergence of new apocalyptic and millenarian thinking, groups, and movements during the period from the outbreak of the Great War in 1914, through the interwar period, and up to the end of World War Two in 1945.
(The image of the Corcovado from São Clemente street in Rio de Janeiro before the construction of the Christ the Redeemer statue is a public domain work from Coleção Gilberto Ferrez / Instituto Moreira Salles.)
A transcript of the full text of Morgan Barbre's paper is available for download.