Review of: Magic, Science, and Religion in Early Modern Europe. By Mark A. Waddell. New Approaches to the History of Science and Medicine. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021. Pp. x+220. $89.99 (cloth); $25.99 (paper); $21.00 (Adobe eBook Reader).

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2023
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Bailey, Michael
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The Department of History seeks to provide students with a knowledge of historical themes and events, an understanding of past cultures and social organizations, and also knowledge of how the past pertains to the present.

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This short, engagingly written book appears in a series offering “New Approaches to the History of Science and Medicine.” As such, it is more a survey of early modern science that draws connections to religion and magic than it is an entirely balanced exploration of all three areas. The undergraduate audience that it presumably targets may indeed be surprised by the notion that magic has frequently overlapped with science in European history, or that religion and science were not always diametrical opposites. Otherwise, the volume offers relatively traditional perspectives on the topics that it covers, both magical and scientific.
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This manuscript is published as Bailey, M.D., Review of: Magic, Science, and Religion in Early Modern Europe. By Mark A. Waddell. New Approaches to the History of Science and Medicine. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021. Pp. x+220. $89.99 (cloth); $25.99 (paper); $21.00 (Adobe eBook Reader). Journal of Modern History 2023, 95(3);697-98. https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/jmh/2023/95/3. Posted with permission.
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