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HIST0405

Magic and the Occult

Magic and the Occult in Western Europe
Magical practices and occult thinking have fascinated and terrified Western Europeans since ancient times. Devotees of magic sought to establish control over the supernatural, from conjuring up devils to reading the stars. To understand the historical significance of such pursuits, we have to explore their intellectual and social contexts. We must also ask how they were distinguished from religion or science, why they had such appeal, and what everyday purposes they played. We will consider astrology, alchemy, ritual magic and witchcraft from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Please note: no rabbits will be pulled out of hats. (formerly HIST0430) 3 hrs. sem.
Subject:
History
Department:
History
Division:
Humanities
Requirements Fulfilled:
HIS NOR
Equivalent Courses:
HIST0364
AMCV0365 *
AMST0365 *

Sections

Fall 2009

HIST0405A-F09 Seminar (McCardell)
HIST0405B-F09 Seminar (McCardell)

Fall 2008

HIST0405A-F08 Seminar (McCardell)

Fall 2007

HIST0405A-F07 Seminar (McCardell)

Fall 2006

HIST0405A-F06 Seminar (McCardell)

Fall 2005

HIST0405A-F05 Seminar (McCardell)
HIST0405B-F05 Seminar (McCardell)

Fall 2004

HIST0405A-F04 Seminar

Fall 2003

HIST0405A-F03 Seminar (McCardell)