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    Products, Training and Technology

    Day, David ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6511-1014 (2022) Products, Training and Technology. In: A Cultural History of Sport: In the Age of Enlightenment. The Cultural Histories Series . Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 77-98. ISBN 9781350023994 (hardback); 9781350183025 (online); 9781350283053 (ebook); 9781350283060 (ebook)

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    Abstract

    The period from 1650 to 1800 witnessed important transformations in political structures, ideological systems, popular culture, and ordinary life in Britain, primarily as the result of the economic and demographic outcomes of increasing industrialization, which resulted in the development of factories and the expansion of urban conurbations. Although agricultural products continued to be the chief source of income, commercial interests grew in importance as masters in the craft guilds became capitalist employers and the gentry, a concept representing a lower level of the governing class of gentlemen, became more influential. As societal relationships changed, there were concomitant changes in the organization and meanings of games and recreational activities.

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