History of Witchcraft

Haunting stories and legends abound as autumn settles in the west, from tales of witchcraft to imaginings of magic and enchantment. But what are the origins of these images, ideas, and traditions? Freely available until the end of 2021, this collection of OUP books, journals, and online products delves into the history of witchcraft from Scotland and Germany to Africa, Asia, and the Americas.


How did witchcraft and fantasy affect daily life in early modern Scotland and Germany? Have historians lost sympathy for the victims of the Salem Witch Hunt? How did the occult influence healthcare in twentieth-century China? Join us this season as we uncover the origins and investigate the lasting impact of witchcraft, magic, superstition, and the occult throughout history.

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Being on trial

Imagining the Witch: Emotions, Gender, and Selfhood in Early Modern Germany

Finding a Low Magic

The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft

Introduction: At the Crossroads

Between the Devil and the Host: Imagining Witchcraft in Early Modern Poland

Witchcraft and Gender in Early Modern Europe

The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America


Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction

Magic and the modern world

Magic: A Very Short Introduction

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