People's reactions to the change. Discusses various forms of hysteria, apocalyptic vision and pronouncements that result from the change of one millennium to another. Connection between measurement of time and belief in the supernatural. Millennial religious thought. Cosmic signs. The millennium book HISTORIES written in the 1030s by the monk Ralph Glaber.
The change from one millennium to another is often an occasion for various forms of hysteria, apocalyptic visions and pronouncements, a sense of great... more
The change from one millennium to another is often an occasion for various forms of hysteria, apocalyptic visions and pronouncements, a sense of great change, new possibilities, and so on. In truth, when our calendar changes from one millennium to another is arbitrary in that the west decided when the calendar began, changed that calendar a couple of times since, and has not linked the change to any cosmic event that would be unique. Still, people have a visceral reaction to the change and see the change as monumental and cosmically significant. This is true today, and it was true in the change form the first to the second millennium A.D. during a much more religious and much more superstitious time.
Damian Thompson notes the nature of these time changes when he writes that the "measurement of time is inextricably bound up with