Julian  Goodare Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Julian Goodare

Reader in History
University of Edinburgh

I am a historian of Scotland and Europe, mainly in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. I am interested in politics and government, and also in witchcraft and witch-hunting. I have written or edited ten books, mostly on Scottish history. However, the book I have published with Routledge is about the witch-hunt in Europe as a whole.

Subjects: History


I studied at the University of Edinburgh in the 1980s, and was a postdoctoral fellow in the University in the early 1990s. I then went on to hold lectureships in the University of Wales, Lampeter, and in the University of Sheffield, and a Visiting Fellowship in the University of London. In 1998 I was appointed to a lectureship in the University of Edinburgh, where I have worked ever since. My most recent promotion was to a readership in 2006. I was Director of the Survey of Scottish Witchcraft, which went online in 2003.

I am working on various projects at the moment. In the history of Scotland, I am leading a funded project on agriculture in the early modern period, focusing on tithes (known as 'teinds' in Scotland). I am co-editing a legal text from 1566, and I am working on a large edition of witchcraft documents. In the history of Europe, I am working on various papers on popular belief in fairies, visionary experience, and ways in which the history of emotions can help us to understand witchcraft accusations. I am co-editing a book entitled Witchcraft and Demonology in Early Modern Europe. My next book is provisionally entitled The Witch-Hunt in Scotland.

My university web page (see below) has a link to a one-minute video of me talking about some of my research ideas in the field of witchcraft and visionary experience.



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