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Witch Hunts - From Salem to Guantanamo Bay (Hardcover, annotated edition): Robert Rapley

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Robert Rapley

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Witch hunts are the products of intense fear and paranoia and the results are often terrible. The accused in three famous witchcraft cases - in Bamberg and Wurzburg, Germany, in Loudun, France, and in Salem, Massachusetts - were assumed to be guilty without proof. Secret accusations were accepted, evidence was falsified, and extreme pressures, including torture, were used. Arguing that fear was, and still is, a prerequisite to any witch hunt, Robert Rapley shows that the current hunt for terrorists mirrors the witch crazes of the past. Rapley analyses witch hunts in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and finds many of the same elements repeated in more recent miscarriages of justice - from the Dreyfus case for treason in late nineteenth-century France, to the persecution of the Scottsboro Boys in Alabama for the gang rape of two white girls in the 1930s, to the Guildford and Maguire terrorist prosecutions in Britain in the 1970s. All three cases took place during times of extreme fear and paranoia and in all cases the accused were innocent.Today, argues Rapley, the "witch" lives on in the "terrorist." He cites as evidence Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, the first prisons created for "witches" since Salem. In Witch Hunts he makes a compelling case that, in the wake of 9/11, witch hunts threaten today's America.

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Imprint: McGill-Queen's University Press
Country of origin: Canada
Release date: February 2007
First published: February 2007
Authors: Robert Rapley
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 326
Edition: annotated edition
ISBN-13: 978-0-7735-3186-4
Categories: Books > Humanities > History
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Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Alternative belief systems > Occult studies > Witchcraft
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political control & freedoms > Political control & influence > Political oppression & persecution
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political control & freedoms > Political control & influence > Political oppression & persecution > General
Books > History > American history
Books > History > American history > General
Books > History > History of specific subjects
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Alternative belief systems
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Alternative belief systems > Occult studies
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Alternative belief systems > Occult studies > Witchcraft
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LSN: 0-7735-3186-6
Barcode: 9780773531864

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