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. 3 hrs. sem.
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HIST 0430

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Fall 2010

HIST0430A-F10 Seminar (Monod)