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Clues, Myths, and the Historical Method


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Carlo Ginzburg considers how we assign historical context to events.

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Preface to the 2013 EditionPreface to the Italian EditionTranslators' NoteBibliographical NoteWitchcraft and Popular Piety: Notes on a Modenese Trial of 1519From Aby Warburg to E. H. Gombrich: A Problem of MethodThe High and the Low: The Theme of Forbidden Knowledge in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth CenturiesTitian, Ovid, and Sixteenth-Century Codes for Erotic IllustrationClues: Roots of an Evidential ParadigmGermanic Mythology and Nazism: Thoughts on an Old Book by Georges DumezilFreud, the Wolf-Man, and the WerewolvesThe Inquisitor as AnthropologistNotesIndex of Names

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Carlo Ginzburg has taught at the University of Bologna, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. The recipent of the 2010 International Balzan Prize, he is author of The Night Battles: Witchcraft and Agrarian Cults in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries and The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller, also published by Johns Hopkins.


Ginzburg is known internationally for his studies of what might be called the interface between learned and popular culture. This collection of eight essays explores the methodological foundations of his historical analysis. -- David Herlihy * Journal of Interdisciplinary History *

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