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Material Culture & Games of Chance in the Early Modern Netherlands

Series: Ludic Cultures

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Material Culture & Games of Chance in the Early Modern Netherlands offers the first sustained study of games of chance in early modern Europe. Focusing on ludic material culture in the Low Countries, Jessen Kelly argues that, prior to the consolidation of mathematical probability in the seventeenth century, artifacts served as primary instruments for negotiating chance and uncertain futures. In a context marked by religious reform and burgeoning urban mercantilism, games of chance helped frame social life as a site of contingency as well as a subject of knowledge and representation.

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Jessen Lee Kelly, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA.
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Audience: Medievalists, scholars of Historical Studies, Cultural Studies and History of Art

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