The Enemy Within by John Demos
2,000 Years of Witch-hunting in the Western World

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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.


About John Demos

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JOHN DEMOS is Samuel Knight Professor of History at Yale University and the foremost scholar of early American witchcraft. He is the author of Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England and The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America. He lives in Tyringham, Massachusetts.
Published September 18, 2008 by Penguin Books. 348 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Of Satan's imps, wasting sicknesses and mass hysteria: a careful account of the occult and its discontents from ancient days to the present.

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Noted Yale historian Demos has devoted almost half a century to studying the European and American witch crazes, and his new book distills all he has learned. The book focuses from roughly A.D. 500

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The Inquisition, the Salem trials, the Red Scare: a survey of witch hunts over the past two millenniums.

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