"Of many books about the Salem witch-trials, only a few really matter. This is one of them. Combining deep learning and clear-sighted good sense, A Storm of Witchcraft retells a story that has long managed to be familiar yet puzzling and misunderstood. Emerson Baker's masterly dissection of events is both genuinely original and utterly persuasive, not least because the importance of political circumstance, legal expediency and personal relationships seems obvious once it is pointed out. Baker reminds us that witchcraft was above all a religious crime, which took on terrifying significance at a time of extreme danger in New England's history. But his analysis of Salem's causal roots and painfully enduring ramifications does more than just demystify the trials: it illustrates universal truths about human emotions and their place in modern society." --Malcolm Gaskill, University of East Anglia, UK, author of Witchfinders: a Seventeenth Century English Tragedy"Baker, professor of history at Salem State College, places the trials in the larger context of American and English history, examining not only their prominent place in our collective memory, but also what made them so different from other witch trials of the era. Baker convincingly demonstrates that the trials were a pivotal point in American history and presents the mass hysteria surrounding them in very poignant terms." --Publisher's Weekly"This extraordinarily researched, expertly written, and convincing study is suitable for and will appeal to a wide audience." --Library JournalCríticas:
Bakerâs book takes a broader picture than many ... [looking] at the relationships between the accusers and the accused, but, more perhaps uniquely into the often close family relationships between the judges. ( Peter Rogerson, Magonia)
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Buchbeschreibung OXFORD UNIV PR Okt 2014, 2014. Buch. Buchzustand: Neu. 236x165x36 mm. Neuware - This fascinating account of the Salem Witch Trials explores their religious, social, and political dimensions, their origins, their critics, and their aftermath, as well as their influence on the American cultural imagination to the present day. 398 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780199890347