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5.0

a caça às bruxas raramente surge na história do proletariado e da luta de classes. de facto, a perseguição de que as bruxas foram alvo foi completamente apagada da história. não é por acaso que até hoje é um dos fenómenos menos estudados da história. ao mesmo tempo, a história das bruxas transformou-se numa lenda urbana e a figura da bruxa foi ridicularizada: hoje, a cultura popular associa bruxa a uma mulher velha e feia a voar de vassoura e os locais onde estas mulheres foram queimadas vivas e massacradas capitalizam com o turismo.

mas a silvia federici, através deste brilhante trabalho de investigação, reverte este paradigma de esquecimento e lembra a memória duma longa história de resistência. lembra os modos de vida levados a cabo pelas bruxas, os quais eram radicalmente antagónicos aos requeridos pela produção capitalista e, consequentemente, considerados um desafio às estruturas de poder que se impunham na época.

este é um livro revolucionário que devia ser obrigatório para qualquer pessoa interesssada em estudar os primórdios do capitalismo. marx e foucault, ao olharem para a história com um olhar masculino, não conseguiram ver a importância deste momento histórico crucial. é isso que acontece quando se estuda um período histórico sem observar a história das mulheres: dá-se um apagamento do papel das mesmas enquanto sujeitos e agentes históricos, o que resulta em análises defeituosas. a caça às bruxas não se deu neste período histórico por mera coincidência e, por essa razão, este é um livro que nos deixa boquiabertas do início ao fim. como é possível que uma ligação tão óbvia tenha sido desprezada e mandada para o esquecimento durante tanto tempo? felizmente, temos a silvia federeci para nos relembrar da importância de reclamar a figura da bruxa.

bruxas. mulheres livres, poderosas, inteligentes, muito à frente do seu tempo, que recusavam o poder estatal sob os seus corpos e que por isso foram obrigadas a enfrentar o patriarcado, a igreja e o estado. e nós somos as netas das bruxas que eles não conseguiram queimar

dawnmayl's review

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informative medium-paced

5.0

alyssah20's review

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informative reflective slow-paced

5.0

tombomp's review against another edition

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5.0

Fascinating and incredibly important book. Covers the history of the end of feudalism, the rise of capitalism, the rise of current patriarchal forms, colonialism, witch hunts and more. Makes it clear that capitalism was founded on the oppression of women and with massive resistance every step of the way. Shows the importance of reproductive control. Talks about the oppressive elements of philosophy from the time. Covers so much that it skips some historical detail but it doesn't matter. An essential book for correcting the male centred perspectives of today as well as linking social rebellion of now to the past. Read this if you're at all interested in feminism or anti-capitalism.

edit: i feel obliged to somewhat temper what i said above 18 months later. I've read fragments about problems with historiography in the book, particularly http://libcom.org/blog/witch-hunts-transition-capitalism-20122011 and reading bits and pieces people who've immersed themselves in the witchhunt literature have said. from what i understand, much of the problem is that a lot more information and research has come out in the last 30-40 years that gives a very different understanding of the political, sociological and legal aspects of it - see http://www.kersplebedeb.com/mystuff/feminist/gibbons_witch.html. the problem is this book focuses on older sources (and has the problem of not always citing properly) which means it uses some inaccurate information and has only a limited perspective simply because the information wasn't widely available or understood at the time the book was written (probably). as someone who's not read other witch hunt stuff i can't comment in detail and I've not seen a more comprehensive criticism, i just think it's important to note and to make sure you don't take all the history as gospel. that's not to smear the book and i still stand by it being a very interesting and important book politically and it's still full of useful history. just wanted to put up some new information

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5.0

I read this book for the class "Written out of Wedlock" at Butler University. And let me tell you, going in I thought I had a good understanding of marxist historical analysis, but that was challenged by the herstorical approach of Federici. The discussion of how Capitalism requires an Us vs. Them mentality in order to thrive was enlightening, and this particular work examines the lives of women that were marginalized and erased during the rise of capitalism.

I learned that communism was popping up all over europe during the decline of feudalism, and that capitalism arose as a direct reaction from the rich who were afraid of losing their power. The idea being if they gave the impression that anyone could become wealthy, then maybe the revolution would end.

Also contains an indepth look at the villainization of witches and women healers.

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4.0

It was a very fascinating study of the later medieval period and how all the actions against the peasantry eventually led to the witch trials. And how the witch trials dragged women down so far we still haven't recovered from it in modern times.

For a book that talks about focusing on the Witch Trials, the first half of the book is more of a background/build-up to them. I did not mind this, but I do love history so getting to know so much about medieval Europe was really fun for me. It was very inspiring but also depressing to read about how hard Europeans were fighting against Capitalism. They were trying so hard just to get massacred over and over. Also interesting to read about how white indentured servants and African & Indigenous slaves were originally allies and friends. Until the whites were separated and started to think of themselves as better.

The chapter about the New World was also very interesting. I would have liked to see it expanded slightly to see how the witch trials affected the colonization of Polynesia and Australia and the treatment of women there.

One issue I did have was the "The Great Caliban" section, it is mostly just a philosophical chapter about what counts as a body and various philosophical dialogues going on at the time. I'm sure it was interesting to some, but to me I honestly skimmed the latter half of that section. It just felt like it was covering the same ground over and over.

4.5/5 stars because it is interesting and paints a very solid picture of the era. It lost a star mostly for the extremely long build up (while fascinating) it doesn't feel like it focuses on the main chunk that is brought up over and over gain. The

whoisthatbookishgirl's review

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informative reflective slow-paced

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hima's review against another edition

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4.0

ok silvia just take me out i guess

troddk's review

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challenging dark informative reflective sad slow-paced

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sweedie's review against another edition

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5.0

Otroligt bra! Läs, läs, läs!