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  • Print publication year: 2021
  • Online publication date: January 2021

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      • Introduction
      • Mark A. Waddell, Michigan State University
      • Book: Magic, Science, and Religion in Early Modern Europe
      • Online publication: 22 January 2021
      • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108348232.001
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      • Introduction
      • Mark A. Waddell, Michigan State University
      • Book: Magic, Science, and Religion in Early Modern Europe
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      • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108348232.001
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      • Introduction
      • Mark A. Waddell, Michigan State University
      • Book: Magic, Science, and Religion in Early Modern Europe
      • Online publication: 22 January 2021
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Summary

This introductory chapter provides broad overviews of science, religion, and magic, placing them in historical contexts and establishing some preliminary connections between them. After a brief summary of European society around the year 1400, including the effects of the Black Plague on urbanization and feudalism, the chapter outlines four major themes that run throughout the book: the influence of classical antiquity; the relationship between God and nature; the problem of occult or hidden causes; and the interconnectedness of the premodern world.

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