Magic: The Basics

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Bailey, M. Magic: The Basics. Abingdon, Oxon, and New York, NY: Routledge, 2018.

IRH Fellow:
Michael D. Bailey, 2010-2011 Solmsen Fellow

Magic: The Basics is a concise and engaging introduction to magic in world history and contemporary societies. Presenting magic as a global phenomenon which has manifested in all human cultures, this book takes a thematic approach which explores the historical, social, and cultural aspects of magic. Offering a global perspective of magic from antiquity through to the modern era and including a glossary of key terms, suggestions for further reading and case studies throughout, Magic: The Basics is essential reading for anyone seeking to learn more about the academic study of magic.