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Cursed Britain - Thomas Waters


Thomas Waters' Cursed Britain, subtitled A History of Witchcraft and Black Magic in Modern Times explores the enduring power of witchcraft and black magic in Britain from the 1800s to the present day. In this wide-ranging historical survey, the author examines both perpetrators of malefic magic and those who sought to counter them, examining the activities of witches, cunning folk and magicians, together with efforts to regulate their practices. He also takes a look at British colonial views of witchcraft in colonies such as Africa, South Asia, New Zealand and the Caribbean. Advancing a new theory of witchcraft's decline and subsequent revival, and the effects of new forms of magic in multicultural Britain, Cursed Britain raises new questions regarding the relationship between the state and the supernatural. 

New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2019. Hardback with dustjacket, vi+350 pages. New.

22 Colour plates.