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.
Joshua Torrey is the sole proprietor of Torrey Gazette (don't tell Alaina) and the fullness of its editorial process. That means everything wrong with TG can legitimately be blamed on him.