R S 357 • History of Witchcraft
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
MEETS WITH HIS 343P , WGS 345
AREA II - RELIGIONS OF EUROPE, THE MIDDLE EAST, AND AFRICA
The purpose of this course will be to explain the great European witchhunt of the fifteenth, sixteenth centuries, which resulted in the execution of approximately 100,000 persons. The course will begin with a study of the growth of witch beliefs from ancient social and economic developments that encouraged witchcraft accusations and prosecutions. The main geographical focus of the course will be continental Europe, but there will be a series of lectures on witchcraft in England, Scotland and colonial America. The course will end with an analysis of the decline of witchcraft prosecutions in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries and a comparison of witchcraft in early modern Europe with witchcraft today.
- Short papers (2) 30%
- Research paper 30%
- Exams 40%
Kors & Peters, Witchcraft in Europe.
N. Cohn, Europe's Inner Demons.
Boyer & Nissenbaum, Salem Possessed.