Europe's Inner Demons
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By (author) Norman Cohn
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Europe's Inner Demons by Norman Cohn
Book DescriptionIn this ground-breaking book, Professor Norman Cohn traces popular beliefs about witches to their origins. He examines the fantasies that inspired the great European witch-hunt of the 16th and 17th centuries when thousands of innocent people were tortured and burned alive. It is a fascinating history of the need to imagine antihuman conspiracies and an investigation of how those fantasies made the great European witch-hunt possible. In addition, Professor Cohn's discovery that some influential sources on witch trials were forgeries has revolutionized the field of witchcraft studies, making this one of the most essential books ever written on the subject.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780712657570
(217mm x 136mm x 21mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Jan-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Norman Cohn
Cosmos, Chaos and the World to Come, Paperback (October 2001)
The view that good will overcome evil and lead to a perfect world is held by many religions and races. This work investigates the origins of this belief through the world views of Egypt, Mesopotamia and India, through Iranian and Jewish prophets, to early Christian beliefs.
Warrant for Genocide, Paperback (February 1996)
Hitler's anti-semitic obsession stems from his fascination with a literary forgery, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Warrant for Genocide sets the story of the Protocols within the broader context of the history of anti-semitism.
Pursuit of the Millennium, Paperback (June 1993)» View all books by Norman Cohn
The Middle Ages inherited a tradition of prophesy which, during those centuries, took on fresh vitality. This tradition foretold a millennium in which the world would be inhabited by happy people. This book tells the story of those millenarian fanaticism and points to their persistence today.
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Author Biography - Norman Cohn
Norman Cohn was born in London in 1915 and educated at Gresham's School and Christ Church, Oxford. Scholar and research scholar at Christ Church between 1933 and 1939, after the war he taught in universities in England, Scotland, Ireland, America and Canada. In 1966 he became a Professorial Fellow in the University of Sussex and director of an international research project on the preconditions for persecutions and genocides. From 1973 to 1980 he was Astor-Wolfson Professor at Sussex and is now Professor Emeritus. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the author of Warrant for Genocide and The Pursuit of the Millennium (also in Pimlico).
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