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and#160;Horse-drawn cabs rattling down muddy roads, cattle herded through the streets to the Smithfield meat market for slaughter, roosters crowing at the break of dawnandmdash;London was once filled with a cacophony of animal noises (and smells). But over the last thirty years, the city seems to have banished animals from its streets. In Beastly London, Hannah Velten uses a wide range of primary sources to explore the complex and changing relationship between Londoners of all classes and their animal neighbors.
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Velten travels back in history to describe a time when Londoners shared their homes with pets and livestockandmdash;along with a variety of other pests, vermin, and bedbugs; Londoners imported beasts from all corners of the globe for display in their homes, zoos, and parks; and ponies flying in hot air balloons and dancing fleas were considered entertainment. As she shows, London transformed from a city with a mainly exploitative relationship with animals to the birthplace of animal welfare societies and animal rightsandrsquo; campaigns. Packed with over one hundred illustrations, Beastly London is a revealing look at how animals have been central to the cityandrsquo;s success.

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From the milk we drink in the morning, to the leather shoes we slip on for the day, to the steak we savor at dinner, our daily lives are thoroughly bound up with cows. Yet there is a far more complex story behind this seemingly benign creature, which Hannah Velten explores here, plumbing the rich trove of myth, fact, and legend surrounding these familar animals.

        From the plowing field to the rodeo to the temple, Velten tracks the constantly changing social relationship between man and cattle, beginning with the domestication of aurochs around 9000 BCE.  From there, Cow launches into a fascinating story of religious fanaticism, scientific exploits, and the economic transformations engendered by the trade of the numerous products derived from the animal. She explores in engaging detail how despite cattles prominence at two ends of a wide spectrum: Hinduism venerates the cow as one of the most sacred members of the animal kingdom, while beef is a prized staple of the American diet.  Thought provoking and informative, Cow restores this oft-overlooked animal to the nobility it richly deserves.

 

About the Author

Hannah Velten is a freelance journalist who has worked as a livestock reporter for Farmers Weekly and has years of experience working with cows and oxen, including on Australian cattle stations and dairy farms in the United Kingdom.

 

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reintroducing the Cow, Bull and Ox
1. Wild Ox to Domesticates
2. Bull-Gods, Bull-Kings
3. Cow Mysticism and a Rural Idyll
4. Toiling the Fields and a ‘Cattle Complex
5. Cattle Stars and Romantic Associations
6. Poor Cow: Pushing the Boundaries
Epilogue: Out of Sight, Out of Mind?
Timeline
References
Bibliography
Associations and Websites
Acknowledgements
Photo Acknowledgements
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861893260
Author:
Velten, Hannah
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mammals
Subject:
History
Subject:
Human-animal relationships
Subject:
Animals - Mammals
Subject:
Nature Studies-Mammals
Subject:
Great britain
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Animal
Publication Date:
20070631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
60 color plates, 40 halftones
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.38 in

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From the milk we drink in the morning, to the leather shoes we slip on for the day, to the steak we savor at dinner, our daily lives are thoroughly bound up with cows. Yet there is a far more complex story behind this seemingly benign creature, which Hannah Velten explores here, plumbing the rich trove of myth, fact, and legend surrounding these familar animals.

        From the plowing field to the rodeo to the temple, Velten tracks the constantly changing social relationship between man and cattle, beginning with the domestication of aurochs around 9000 BCE.  From there, Cow launches into a fascinating story of religious fanaticism, scientific exploits, and the economic transformations engendered by the trade of the numerous products derived from the animal. She explores in engaging detail how despite cattles prominence at two ends of a wide spectrum: Hinduism venerates the cow as one of the most sacred members of the animal kingdom, while beef is a prized staple of the American diet.  Thought provoking and informative, Cow restores this oft-overlooked animal to the nobility it richly deserves.

 

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