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The Enemy Within by John Putnam Demos
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Jan 04, 2009

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Good scholarship of the early colonial period witch-hunts, bookended by earlier and later witch hunts. The precedents in European witchcraft that Demos explores are good and add to understanding its transfer to American shores, but the later chapters on modern "witch hunts" are less satisfying. There are big jumps between incidents and Demos' work in these areas seems preliminary and not as intimate as his work with events like the Salem trials.

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