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Beyond the witch trials
Owen Davies and Willem de Blécourt

awkward process of divorcing themselves from popular concerns and beliefs regarding witchcraft. This shift led, it would seem, to some considerable consternation amongst the witch-believing public as to what was and was not regarded as criminal. Yet while the criminal basis of witchcraft was increasingly undermined by legal circumspection regarding the nature of evidence, and broader intellectual scepticism concerning the reality of witchcraft, beneficial magic remained a crime even though it was rationalised according to intellectual developments. This is particularly

in Beyond the witch trials
Steve Sohmer

dead. There is wariness and scepticism in their words: Seb.     Do I stand there? I never had a brother; Nor can there be that deity in my nature, Of here and every where. I had a sister, Whom the blind waves and surges have devour’d. Of charity, what kin are you to

in Reading Shakespeare’s mind
Gene-expression profiling in early-stage breast cancer
Anne Kerr, Choon Key Chekar, Emily Ross, Julia Swallow, and Sarah Cunningham-Burley

with the arguments presented by contributors to the consultations, shaped NICE guidance, released in December 2018. During its final meeting, the NICE Diagnostics Advisory Committee reported scepticism about the applicability of TAILORx results to the UK. Many of those who avoided chemotherapy in this study would not have been routinely offered it in a UK setting, demonstrating that even so called ‘gold standard’ evidence is not always translatable to other health systems, affording clinicians, patients and regulators flexibility in interpretation and practice (NICE

in Personalised cancer medicine
John Marriott

-century literature. It was not just that personalized accounts of (self) discovery provided the narrative structure of the first novels, but also that the combination of extreme scepticism and naïve empiricism constituted the self-conscious critical theory necessary for their emergence as a genre. 15 With Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels the boundaries between travelogue and fiction

in The other empire
Security and complex political emergencies instead of development
Gorm Rye Olsen

:13 PM Page 86 Gorm Rye Olsen The apparent strong scepticism towards giving aid to the ACP countries, especially to Africa, under the Lomé treaty was also manifested in the bilateral aid policies of the fifteen EU member states. Thus the total net disbursements to sub-Saharan Africa fell from 50.7 per cent of the members’ total aid budgets in 1986/87 to 43.9 per cent in 1996/97 (OECD, 1998: table 33). The cuts were particularly remarkable for the big donors, which reduced both their aid budgets measured as a share of GNP and the share of their budgets directed

in EU development cooperation
Britta Lundgren and Martin Holmberg

proudly opened her handbag in front of TV cameras to show her sanitiser bottle, indicating that this served as a visible sign of being a responsible citizen. For the first time in history, it was also possible to build large stockpiles of antiviral drugs for dealing with a pandemic. Although there was scepticism among some experts about the utility of such stockpiles, politicians were eager to show their determination. These drugs had earlier

in The politics of vaccination
Philip Nanton

authority and unmediated access to experience and events. When the ‘I’ is a Prime Minister, that authority is at one level assumed to be incontestable; at another, however, all politics involve the shaping of the truth to suit a particular agenda, and most readers therefore will approach such a narrative with a degree of scepticism. Ruler in Hiroona plays with this ambiguity in such a way as to

in Frontiers of the Caribbean
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Piercing the politics of silencing
Hilary Pilkington

activists. In this chapter, that experience is shown to be one of a politics of silencing in which attempts to articulate grievances are met with accusations of racism and respondents learn to ‘keep your mouth shut’. This constraint on political space compounds a wider disengagement from the formal political sphere and a denial of the ‘political’ nature of activism. Such disengagement, it is argued here, is not rooted in a traditional far right, anti-democratic ideology, however, but in an experientially based scepticism about the functioning of contemporary formal

in Loud and proud
So, no change there then?
David Broughton

to confront a greater degree of organisational and strategic disarray in terms of dissension within the Shadow Cabinet, an increasing financial deficit, a decline in the level of party activism, falling membership figures and widespread press scepticism. In addition, the Conservatives made little progress in terms of the gender composition of the parliamentary party, with only fourteen of their 166 MPs (8.4 per cent) elected in 2001 being women. The party has no ethnic minority MPs. These statistics remain important in terms of any Conservative ‘message’ regarding

in The Conservatives in Crisis
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Kjell M. Torbiörn

three months of aerial attacks, NATO stood victorious and a major international troop presence restored relative calm to the province. The Kosovo War led to intensified discussion in Europe and the United States over the need for increased European defence spending and operational efficiency within the alliance and over the prospects of more ‘outof-area’ peacekeeping or peacemaking operations, such as in the ‘former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’ in 2001. European efforts to achieve greater defence autonomy (see also Chapter 9) met with initial scepticism by the

in Destination Europe