JOSEPH SMITH AND WORLD GOVERNMENT
Hyrum L. Andrus
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For some time I have had a deep interest in the social, economic and political aspects of Joseph Smith’s thought. This interest prompted me to organize my graduate studies at Brigham Young University and at the Maxwell School Of Citizenship And Public Affairs at Syracuse University around the Prophet and the historical picture of his day. My major academic interest have therefore been in the religious, social, economic and political picture in America between the time of the founding of our Federal Constitution and the American Civil War, and to study the rise and development of the Church in this historical background. My master’s thesis and my doctoral dissertation were both written on the Prophet Joseph Smith – “World Government As Envisioned In The Latter-day Saint ‘City of Zion’” and “Joseph Smith, Social Philosopher, Theorist, And Prophet” – and his effort to set the mold of a new socio-religious, economic and political system that will eventually rise to be a universal power. At Syracuse University my academic requirement was also centered in getting a competent understanding of the historical picture of the rise of Western Civilization from the Renaissance to the American Civil War.
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