Burning Women: The European Witch Hunts, Enclosure and the Rise of Capitalism
By Lady Stardust
Understanding the witch trials of the sixteenth and seventeenth century is a vital part of understanding the rise of capitalism, the family, women's roles and our relation to our bodies. Their deep importance and impact is too often neglected in even radical histories. Drawing on the work of Silvia Federici (Caliban and the Witch), Keith Thomas (Religion and the Decline of Magic), Maria Mies (Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale), this brief overview looks at the economic, social and ideological reasons for, and effects of, the massacre of women that took place during the rise of capitalism.
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