How economic behaviour drove witch hunts in pre-modern Germany

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Rising through the socioeconomic ladder too quickly was almost a death sentence in pre-modern Germany; being deemed excessively greedy would have you accused of using witchcraft, or being in league with the devil. Because pre-modern Germans believed in “limited goods”, one’s gain was everybody else’s loss. Resources were limited, so those with excess wealth were deemed to have been friends with dragon demons that stole milk and bread from their neighbors, and must be punished. Read full article here

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