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Different conceptions of the world and of reality have made witchcraft possible in some societies and impossible in others. How did the people of early modern Europe experience it and what was its place in their culture? The new essays in this collection illustrate the latest trends in witchcraft research and in cultural history in general. After three decades in which the social analysis of witchcraft accusations has dominated the subject, they turn instead to its significance and meaning as a cultural phenomenon - to the 'languages' of witchcraft, rather than its causes. As a result, witchcraft seems less startling than it once was, yet more revealing of the world in which it occurred.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780333793497
ISBN-10: 0333793498
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 14mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 16-Nov-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Stuart Clark

STUART CLARK is Professor of History at the University of Wales, Swansea.

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