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Domestic animal
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1. Definition and species

In early modern usage, a domestic animal was either one living in close proximity to humans and exploited for its products or labor, or one kept for enjoyment and companionship. Keeping animals in the domestic sphere separate from considerations of usefulness became established both as a practice and a discourse in the first centuries of the early modern period. In t…

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Breittruck, Julia, “Domestic animal”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 02 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_031032>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626

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