The Secular Dimension to Medieval Witch Hunts

Although the Catholic and Protestants were both quite hearty in their pursuit of witches, in the countries where witch hunting really flourished there was also a strong secular government backbone. The lesson to be gained from this correlation of a strong religious and secular movement to accept the idea that witchcraft really existed despite not one iota of evidence is that when religious leaders and government leaders become too intimately intertwined, well, seriously scary scat happens!

Creationism Aztec Style

There has always been a question to how so few Spanish soldiers could have dominated so many Aztec warriors, as well as questions to why Aztec emperor Montezuma acted in such an indecisive manner that probably sealed his fate. The answer may just lay in his belief in this creation myth and how the Spanish soldiers may have represented destruction of yet another world at the hand of Quetzalcoatl.

The Rise of the Modern State

Likewise, Thomson (1994) believes that prior to the nineteenth century war as well as preparation for war had played a significant part in the formation of states in Europe. War was operating in contradictory fashion as it created similarities in the organisation of a state and dissimilarities in international power. In this way, war also impacted the creation of the state as an external factor.