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List of Abbreviations..
2. The Belief in Witchcraft..
3. The Persecution of Witches..
4. The European Age of Witch-Hunting..
5. Outlawing Witchcraft Persecution in Europe..
6. Witch-Hunting in the 19th and 20th Centuries..
7. Old and "New Witches"..
Journal of Genocide Research
"Wolfgang Behringer establishes the importance of a truly global history of witchcraft. Setting aside familiar Western notions, he deploys a more comprehensive definition of witchcraft as the malicious use of evil magic. He brilliantly sketches the history of European witch-hunting and uses this to illuminate the twentieth-century struggle against witches in many parts of the post-colonial world such as South America, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. This book marks a real advance in our understanding of witchcraft, and a remarkable and astute blending of anthropology with history."
H. C. Erik Midelfort, University of Virginia
"Witchcraft has recently been the subject of an enormous amount of research and yet some of its main issues still need reappraisal. This book makes a compelling case for re-examining witchcraft in a fundamental way by reconnecting the new historical scholarship with the discipline of anthropology and treating the subject in a world perspective and as a universal phenomenon. Already Europe's leading expert on the early modern witchcraft trials, Wolfgang Behringer not only gives us a superb overview of where our knowledge of them currently stands but takes us on a global tour of witchcraft in modern societies. Unexpectedly, we discover how much the European and non-European experience have had in common."
Stuart Clark, University of Wales Swansea
- broad geographical coverage: covers North America and Africa, as well as Europe
- covers contemporary as well as historical witchcraft: reveals witchcraft as an important issue of our times
- synthesizes the latest research to provide an accessible and engaging account