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HISTORY 42S: Cannibalism in Early Modern Europe: The Ultimate Taboo in Historical Context

Cannibalism (or anthropophagy) may be one of many societies' greatest taboos, but how have ideas about the act changed over time? Taking a historical perspective on cannibalism, this course explores its meanings in Europe during the early modern period, when the word "cannibal" emerged in the context of the "discovery" of the Americas. Focusing on cannibalism offers insight into events like the witch craze, the Reformation, and colonization, as well as larger issues such as social and religious conflict, responses to disasters, and ideas about human nature.
Terms: Aut | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: WAY-SI
Instructors: Coate, A. (PI)
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