The Enemy Within

The Enemy Within

2,000 Years of Witch-hunting in the Western World

Book - 2008
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Penguin Putnam
With the vision of a historian and the voice of a novelist, prize?winning author John Demos explores the social, cultural, and psychological roots of the scourge that is witch-hunting, both in the remote past and today. The Enemy Within chronicles the most prominent witch-hunts of the Western world?women and men who were targeted by suspicious neighbors and accused of committing horrific crimes by supernatural means?and shows how the fear of witchcraft has fueled recurrent cycles of accusation, persecution, and purging. A unique and fascinating book, it illumines the dark side of communities driven to rid themselves of perceived evil, no matter what the human cost.

Baker & Taylor
A cultural history of witch-hunting from the ancient world through the McCarthy era traces the factors that contribute to outbreaks of cultural paranoia and how people were able to accept hysteria-based beliefs about unlikely supernatural powers and occult activities. 35,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
The term "witch-hunt" is used today to describe everything from political scandals to school board shake-ups, but its origins are far from casual. Long before Arthur Miller likened McCarthyism to the Salem witch trials, and long before those trials themselves, women and men were targeted by suspicious neighbors, accused of committing horrific crimes by supernatural means, scrutinized by magistrates, ministers, and jurymen, and summarily executed. The Enemy Within chronicles the most prominent witch-hunts of the Western world and shows how for two millennia the fear of witchcraft has fueled recurrent cycles of accusation, persecution, and community-wide purging.
With the vision of a historian and the voice of a novelist, John Demos explores the social, cultural, and psychological roots of the scourge that is witch-hunting, both now and in the remote past. An original and fascinating book, The Enemy Within illumines the dark side of a community driven to rid itself of perceived "evil," no matter what the human cost.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2008
ISBN: 9780670019991
0670019992
Branch Call Number: 133.4309 DEM
Characteristics: xvi, 318 p. ;,24 cm.

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