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Published: 20 May 2010

144 Pages | 15 b/w halftones

ISBN: 9780199236954

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Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction

Malcolm Gaskill

Very Short Introductions

  • Examines the history and origins of witchcraft, from pre-history to the present day, considering why it still features so heavily in our culture
  • Considers the classic period (1500-1900) of Witchcraft trials, and witch-hunting, such as the infamous Salem panic of 1692
  • Relates concepts of witchcraft to anthropology, sociology, psychology, and politics
  • Challenges false assumptions about witchcraft by separating the myths from the historical reality, explaining why the myths exist, and why they matter
  • Features stories and interesting examples of witchcraft from different times, places, and contexts