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Witchcraft Trials in Russia: History and Historiography

Valerie A. Kivelson

in The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9780199578160
Published online May 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199578160.013.0021

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

 Witchcraft Trials in Russia: History and             Historiography

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This article discusses the history of Russian witchcraft trials, which were characterized by a high percentage of men among the accused, relatively infrequent discussion of diabolism, and harsh, inquisitorial legal procedures. The distinctive political, religious, and social history of Russia in the early modern period, its relative cultural isolation, the teachings of Orthodox Christianity, and the inescapable pressures of social hierarchy, bondage, and dependency, all left their imprint on the trials.

Keywords: witchcraft trials; witchcraft prosecutions; Orthodox Christianity; social hierarchy; bondage

Article.  9470 words. 

Subjects: History ; European History ; Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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