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Discursive (re)construction of “witchcraft” as a community and “witch” as an identity in the eighteenth-century Hungarian witchcraft trial records

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Discursive (re)construction of “witchcraft” as a community and “witch” as an identity in the eighteenth-century Hungarian witchcraft trial records. / Petyko, Marton.

In: Journal of Historical Pragmatics, Vol. 18, No. 2, 2017, p. 214-234.

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