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Jeffrey Burton Russell Brooks Alexander
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History of Witchcraft

Jeffrey Burton Russell Brooks Alexander


Thames & Hudson

Reference » Horror Reference


216 pages

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For nearly thirty years, during which it has been continuously in print, Jeffrey Russell's A History of Witchcraft has been the one authoritative concise illustrated history of witchcraft. Now, in collaboration with Brooks Alexander, this classic book has been fully revised with additional chapters accompanied by new illustrations. It now includes an analysis of the importance of the Internet and films in the dissemination of witchcraft today, and the potential tensions as a movement that was originally a closed, secretive cult becomes an open, recognized public religion.

By:   Jeffrey Burton Russell, Brooks Alexander
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   2nd Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 238mm,  Width: 171mm,  Spine: 14mm
Weight:   650g
ISBN:   9780500286340
ISBN 10:   0500286345
Pages:   216
Publication Date:   May 2007
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Preface * Introduction: What is a witch? Part I: Sorcery and Historical Witchcraft - 1. Sorcery * 2. The Roots of European Witchcraft * 3. Witchcraft, Heresy and Inquisition * 4. The Witch-craze on the Continent of Europe * 5. Witchcraft in Britain and America * 6. Witchcraft and Society * 7. The Decline of Witchcraft Part II: Modern Witchcraft * 8. Survivals and Revivals * 9. Neopagan Witchcraft: The Sources * 10. Neopagan Witchcraft: The Movement * 11. The Role of Witchcraft

Jeffrey B. Russell is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Brooks Alexander is author of Witchcraft Goes Mainstream and has written numerous articles on witchcraft, neo-paganism and other new religious movements.

'Disentangles semantic confusions and vulgar misconceptions, and traces traditions from the pagan world through the medieval heresy hunts and the witch crazes of the 16th and 17th centuries and to the present day' - Guardian 'Serious, well argued ... Russell's book is rich, competently written and intelligently illustrated' - Sunday Times 'Good stuff ... a useful classic updated for witchcraft aficionados' - Fortean Times

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