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2015-2016 Catalog

HIST 111 Witchcraft and Evil Spirits in Europe 1100-1700

This seminar addresses the problem of witchcraft in early modern Europe, especially the great increase in trials and executions of accused witches in the years 1400-1700, the so-called "witch craze." Students will read historical sources and write a substantial research paper addressing whether there really were witches in Europe and why there was a great upsurge in European witchcraft trials and persecutions from 1428-1700. Students prepare weekly reading reports and oral reports on primary source material. [SS, W]