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The Witch Hunts: A History of the Witch Persecutions in Europe and North America

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Tens of thousands of people were persecuted and put to death as witches between 1400 and 1700 - the great age of witch hunts. Why did the witch hunts arise, flourish and decline during this period? What purpose did the persecutions serve? Who was accused, and what was the role of magic in the hunts? This important reassessment of witch panics and persecutions in Europe and ...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published December 18th 2006 by Longman Publishing Group (first published October 4th 2001)
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Sara
Aug 07, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it
Fascinating look at the social causes behind witch hunts. While they took place in different places at different times throughout the centuries, it all seemed to point to smaller areas where the people knew each other. When some type of extreme hardship or upheaval with a government hit, all that was needed was for the tension to manifest with the belief a witch was behind the trouble, people in charge to to believe there were witches and people to hunt them. The roles of women as witches was gr ...more
Jonathan
This was an interesting and easy-to-read book covering the whole history of witch hunts starting as far back as 700 A.D. It's not an exhaustive study but is ideal for the casual reader. The excellent notes and bibliography gives the reader plenty of information to carry on further reading if they're interested.

The author covers the subject objectively and attempts to explain why the witch hunts started, how they operated and why they ended. For me the more interesting aspect of this subject was
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Phoenix2
Jan 10, 2016 Phoenix2 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historians
Really nice book, very informative and historically interesting!!
Stefan Zak
Jul 01, 2016 Stefan Zak rated it liked it
More about what witches are not than what they actually were
Maureen
Nov 28, 2007 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Salem is just a small example of a much larger problem. This was a pretty neat book about the history of witch hunts as we know them.
Ellen
Mar 25, 2016 Ellen rated it it was ok
A somewhat dry introduction to one of history's great injustices.
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