While I would love to provide you with my own opinion on the histories of preterism, I don't currently have the needed bandwidth to take on something so awesome! So instead of providing you with an in-depth history, I'll just link you to an equally awesome (probably better) effort!
I've recommended American Vision videos in the past. And I do so again with some caution (I still remain skeptical of theonomy) but this history of preterism is beneficial for all observers. Gary DeMar does a great job and you can read the entire article here.