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The bigger question is why the authorities would consider the witches adanger (as opposed to traditional scapegoats like Jews, heretics, homosexuals,foreigners, or even sorcerers)? Specific hunts were often rooted in specific local circumstances. Still,historians have tried to come up with general explanations for the complexphenomenon of witch hunts. One should be wary of any author who suggests one cause for all theWitch Hunts. I discern ten general trends that some historians have triedto argue as causes for the hunts. See .
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COMMENTARY: The earlier estimates, too often the figure of 9 to 10million dead is cited, were grossly exaggerated; no respectable historian supports themanymore. Modern figures concerning the number of executed witches are based on amuch closer examination of the surviving historical records, combined withreasonable guesswork and statistical analysis for those areas and periodslacking clear sources. The hunts were anything but constant, systematic orfrequent.
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The great tragedy of the Witch Hunts is not only was thereno conspiracy of witches, but even if there were, they could do noserious harm to society. See . Anothersignificant aspect that made the European Witch Hunts wasthe large-scale involvement of government authorities. Today, insome parts of the world (especially in ,including ,or ,, as well as), people are persecuting other people for allegedly beingwitches (even); but governments rarely support these persecutions with much interest, if it atall. If they did, we might have proper "witch hunts." (Zimbabwe, however, , and ).
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COMMENTARY: Through most of recorded history, in most civilizations, until the lasthundred years or so, women have been subordinated to men. Many witch hunters,particularly the authors of the , held that womenwere far more susceptibleto temptation by the Devil, and thus more frequently became witches. Some witch huntsdid almost exclusively target women, in percentages as high as 95% of the victims. Another interesting pointis that the members of the legal system its "judges, ministers,priests, constables, jailers, judges, doctors, prickers, torturers, jurors,executioners" were nearly 100 percent male (Anne L. Barstow, (San Francisco: Pandora/Harper Collins, 1994), 142).