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Horse (Reaktion Books - Animal)by Elaine Walker
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From the Black Stallion to Seabiscuit to Mr. Ed, horses have held an almost unparalleled place of honor in human society and imagination. Elaine Walker now tackles the long and complex history of this majestic creature.
Galloping from the steppes of Mongolia to the American plains, Horse chronicles the natural history of the animal, from wild feral horses to the domesticated species that once played a central role in daily life as transport, an instrument of war, and a source of labor in agriculture and industry. Walker ably charts how the longstanding connection between people and horses is reflected in cultures around the world—and the implications for both human and animal of such close interaction. She also traces the role of the horse in human culture, from the global traditions of horseracing and equestrianism to literary classics such as Black Beauty. Ultimately, Walker contends, the horse’s decreased importance today highlights telling ways in which our society has changed.
A wholly readable and compelling chronicle, Horse is a must read for anyone curious about the story of this captivating beast.
From Pegasus to Black Beauty, horses have held a unique place in human society and imagination. Elaine Walker tackles the long and multifaceted history of a creature valued for both beauty and usefulness.
Spanning the world from the wild steppes of Mongolia to the American plains, Horse chronicles the rich and complex natural history of the animal, from wild feral horses to the domesticated species that once played a central role in daily life as a means of transportation, an instrument of war, and a source of labour. Elaine Walker charts how the long-standing connection between people and horses is reflected in cultures around the world and the implications for both human and animal of such close interaction. She also traces the centrality of the horse in art, entertainment and literature, from the rich global traditions of horse-racing and equestrianism to literary classics such as Follyfoot. Ultimately, Walker contends, the continuing role of the horse in the modern world reveals telling changes in human society.
About the Author
Elaine Walker is a freelance writer and a lecturer in English and creative writing at the University of Wales.
Table of Contents
1. Eohippus to Equus
2. Pegasus, Epona and Demeter's Foals
3. The Man-made Horse
4. Riding into History
5. Into the Valley of Death
6. From Breadwinner to Performer
7. The Redundant Horse
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