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Witchcraft at Salem

(1988)
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Much has been written about the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692, and much has been misunderstood. "The more I studied the documents of what actually took place in the community, "writes Chadwich Hansen, "the more I found myself in opposition to the traditional interpretations. It seems to me that a serious consideration was in order." He argues, for instance, that witchcraft was actually practiced in seventeenth-century New England, as it was in Europe at the same time. Moreover, the behavior of the afflicted persons was not fraudulent, as some have claimed, but pathological: these people were hysterics in the clinical rather than the popular sense of the term. Further still, the clergy did not inspire or take advantage of the witch hunts as has been charged; on the contrary, they were among the chief opponents of the "mass hysteria". Library Journal called this book, "...The most important scholarly contribution to the literature of witchcraft to appear in many years."

    

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1988 : UK Paperback
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Title: Witchcraft at Salem
Author(s): Chadwick Hansen
ISBN: 0-09-903910-9 / 978-0-09-903910-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow
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January 1971 : UK Paperback
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Title: Witchcraft at Salem
Author(s): Chadwick Hansen
ISBN: 0-09-003910-6 / 978-0-09-003910-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
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April 1970 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Witchcraft at Salem
Author(s): Chadwick Hansen
ISBN: 0-451-61331-7 / 978-0-451-61331-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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April 1970 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: Witchcraft at Salem
Author(s): Chadwick Hansen
ISBN: 0-451-04235-2 / 978-0-451-04235-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
Availability: Amazon UK