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New to the Problems in European Civilization series, this volume offers secondary-source essays organized around the major controversies and interpretations of the history of witchcraft. In four parts, the text examines the major areas of recent scholarship: intellectual foundations and demonology (Part I); the political, social, and economic contexts of early modern Europe (Part II); accusations, trials, and panics (Part III); and gender and witchcraft (Part IV).The text's pedagogy, a hallmark of the Problems in European Civilization series, includes chapter and essay introductions, timelines, illustrations, maps, and suggested readings. This volume is suitable for courses in Western Civilization, as well as courses focused exclusively on witchcraft or European women's history.
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Merry Wiesner-Hanks (Chair, Department of History, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1979. She has published WORKING WOMEN IN RENAISSANCE GERMANY (Rutgers, 1986) as well as numerous articles on women and the Reformation and urban social history. She is co-author of DISCOVERING THE GLOBAL PAST (2012), DISCOVERING THE WESTERN PAST (2008), DISCOVERING THE MEDIEVAL PAST (2003), DISCOVERING THE ANCIENT PAST (2005), DISCOVERING THE TWENTIETH-CENTURY WORLD (2005), and BECOMING VISIBLE: WOMEN IN EUROPEAN HISTORY (1998). She is also the General Editor of the PROBLEMS IN EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION series.Review:
Chronology Reference Map I. Intellectual Foundations and Demonology Stuart Clark, Thinking with Demons: The Idea of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe Charles Zika, The Devil's Hoodwink: Seeing and Believing in the World of Sixteenth-Century Witchcraft Gerhild Scholz Williams, Defining Dominion: The Discourses of Magic and Witchcraft in Early Modern France and Germany Walter Stevens, Demon Lovers: Witchcraft, Sex, and the Crisis of Belief II. Political, Social, Economic Contexts Brian P. Levack, State-building and Witch Hunting in Early Modern Europe J.T. Swain, The Lancashire Witch Trials of 1612 and 1634 and the Economics of Witchcraft Gabor Klaniczay, Witch Hunting in Hungary: Social or Cultural Tensions? Robin Briggs, Witches and Neighbors: The Social and Cultural Context of European Witchcraft III. Accusations, Trials, and Panics Wolfgang Behringer, Witchcraft Persecutions in Bavaria: Popular Magic, Religious Zealotry and Reason of State in Early Modern Europe Robert S. Walinski-Kiehl, The Devil's Children: Child Witch-Trials in Early Modern Germany Julian Goodare, The Scottish Witchcraft Panic of 1597 Thor Hall with Herbert W.L. Burhenn, The Making of a Witch: The Guilty Triangle--as Illustrated in the Case Against Elline Klokkers of Gjerpen IV. Gender and Witchcraft Hans Peter Broedel, The Malleus Maleficarum and the Construction of Witchcraft: Theology and Popular Belief Lyndal Roper, Witchcraft and Fantasy in Early Modern Germany Diane Purkiss, Women's Stories of Witchcraft in Early Modern England: The House, The Body, the Child Sally Scully, Marriage or a Career? Witchcraft as an Alternative in Seventeenth-Century Venice Suggestion for Further Reading
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