Where the Witches Were Men: A Historian Explains What Magic Looked Like in Early Modern Russia

June 14, 2022

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Presented by The Conversation

Most Americans associate the word “witch” with women, but according to one U-M expert, in Orthodox Russia, men were most often accused of witchcraft. In an article for The Conversation, Valerie Kivelson, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History, explores witchcraft in medieval and early modern Russia. The faculty expert provides insights into the times by describing a typical trial and exploring the concept of magic through historical documents. 

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