HST 348 Witch Crazes and Other ‘Great Fears’ in Europe and America (3)

Examination of mass arrests, violence or intimidation in four settings: the witch hunts of early modern Europe (roughly 1400-1700) and Salem in 1692, lynching in the American South from the end of the Civil War to World War II, the USSR’s ‘Great Terror’ of the late 1930s and McCarthyism in the 1950s. Particular attention devoted to gender issues, social psychology of the fears, the dynamics of arrests and popular response, and causes of the outbreaks and end of the fears.

Prerequisite: HST 122 or permission of instructor.

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