The Political Aspects of the German Witch Hunts

  title={The Political Aspects of the German Witch Hunts},
  author={Johannes Dillinger},
  journal={Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft},
  pages={62 - 81}
  • J. Dillinger
  • Published 2009
  • History
  • Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft
This essay examines how the complex political structure of the early modern German empire influenced witch hunting. Various legal jurisdictions and juridical structures could either promote or prevent rampant witch hunts from developing. Above all, the fractured political state of the empire allowed for opportunities for witch hunting to arise. 
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