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Product innovations
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1. Concept

The term innovation denotes a process by which new products and new technologies are introduced into the economic system [19. 149 f.]; [18. 339]. Historians of technology, however, initially showed interest in innovations in processes and procedures primarily in the context of the “industrial revolution of the late Middle Ages,” mining, and finally industrialization. An understanding of techno…

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Reith, Reinhold, “Product innovations”, 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 20 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025925>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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