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Animals In Early Modern Society And Culture

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This chapter begins by examining the different types of domesticated animals found in early modern England by dividing them in groups according to the type of human purpose they served. Animal has been defined as any 'living organism which feeds on organic matter, typically having specialized sense organs and nervous system and able to respond rapidly to stimuli'. The main criteria that have been used historically to define animals are 'market or financial relation' of humans to them; cultural beliefs and the type of interactions humans had with them in 'a particular time and place'. It also talks about 'non-working' pets or decorative animals. The majority of labour-intensive manufacturing was done in the houses of farmers and farm. Many domesticated animals were kept either for their by-products or to be butchered. The unifying theme that linked these animals together was that all required medical care from time to time.

Keywords: animals; culture; England; modern society; pets

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