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Communities of Fear

Phillip Cole

in The Myth of Evil

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780748622009
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671908 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622009.003.0004
Communities of Fear

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This chapter examines how communities can be mobilized through fear of the evil enemy. It examines the witch craze that took place in western Europe in the 16th/17th centuries, and at the less well-documented vampire epidemic that arose in eastern Europe in the 18th century. It takes it lead from Rousseau's view, that it was not important whether or not vampires existed – it was more important to understand how the idea of vampires was used to compete for power by the religious authorities.

Keywords: Witch trials; Vampires; Rousseau

Chapter.  7290 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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