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Kulkarni and Pfaff’s New Research on Historical Witch Hunts in Scotland Explores Religious Factions in Polities

Posted: 4/22/2022 (CSDE in the News)

CSDE Affiliate Steve Pfaff and co-author Parashar Kulkarni recently published a historical analysis of Scottish witch trials from 1563 to 1736 in Explorations in Economic History, available here. The authors use time series data of witch accusations to examine a period of tension between the British monarchy and Scottish church. Their results show that the disciplinary instruments of an established church can be turned against the state.

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