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HIST W4120 Witchcraft and the State in Early Modern Europe. 3 points.

Tens of thousands of women and men died as a result of witchcraft trials in early modern Europe.  The same period witnessed the consolidation of the territorial state in many parts of Europe and the rise of modern science.  How are these developments related?  Through primary and secondary readings, this course examines the phenomenon of witchcraft belief and trials in Europe. This course involves reading a sequence of books about philosophy and politics: more specifically, about what it might mean to forge a convincing philosophy of modern political life.  This historical goal is following the development of a specific tradition of theoretical inquiry about politics (and eventually about democracy and human rights).  The chronological and historcial focus is on France, in the postwar years, and Russian history