University of Hertfordshire

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Ghosts: A Social History

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Original languageEnglish
PublisherPickering and Chatto
Number of pages1440
Volume5 volumes
ISBN (Print)978 1 85196 989 0
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Abstract

Despite the scientific and intellectual advances of the past five hundred years, populist belief in the supernatural, as evidenced by media investigations into the paranormal, continues to be culturally and socially relevant. Throughout history, ghost beliefs have been a source of literary inspiration and learned investigation. They prompted public panics and scandals, and have been manipulated for political and religious purposes. This five-volume reset edition draws together representative and defining printed sources to reveal changing perceptions of ghosts at different social levels from the Reformation through to the twentieth century in Britain and America.

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