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Gambling is participation in a game in which assets are won or lost depending on chance. The contrast between the everyday world and the world of play and games (Play, game) posited in current theories of play by writers like Johan Huizinga [4] and Victor Turner [8] appears to be particularly true for games of chance, since in them social and economic rules are abrogated: neither birth (Estates of the realm) and possessions (Possession [law]; Feudal society) n…

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Fenske, Michaela, “Gambling”, 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 05 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020316>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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