Animal Estate / Edition 1

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Editorial Reviews

New York Review of Books

The brilliance of Ritvo's book, my favorite for 1987...[lies] in the particular examples that she has chosen to illustrate the institutional bonds of humans with other animals...She tells so many wonderful stories.
— Stephen Jay Gould

New York Times Book Review

This is both an amusing and a valuable book...Harriet Ritvo is concerned primarily with the discussion, use, display of animals as part of a rhetoric of human and class ascendancy. But the material presented here with impressive lucidity and control should interest virtually any reader. And the book is intriguingly and lavishly illustrated, mostly with engravings and woodcuts from sources ranging from Punch to natural histories, stockbreeders' publications, newspapers and paintings...An important book for anyone with an interest in the sociology of animals, and in the more general social history that emerges from its beautifully presented wealth of detail.
— Vicki Hearne

Animals
An unusual social history of Victorian England...Deftly written and generously illustrated, The Animal Estate details the spectrum of Victorian animal concerns: the antivivisection movement, the popularity of zoology, the hunt, the rabies panic (not unlike today's pit bull hysteria), and more. The reader will come out with a fuller understanding of the Victorian people and the development of our bonds with animals.
New York Review of Books - Stephen Jay Gould
The brilliance of Ritvo's book, my favorite for 1987...[lies] in the particular examples that she has chosen to illustrate the institutional bonds of humans with other animals...She tells so many wonderful stories.
New York Times Book Review - Vicki Hearne
This is both an amusing and a valuable book...Harriet Ritvo is concerned primarily with the discussion, use, display of animals as part of a rhetoric of human and class ascendancy. But the material presented here with impressive lucidity and control should interest virtually any reader. And the book is intriguingly and lavishly illustrated, mostly with engravings and woodcuts from sources ranging from Punch to natural histories, stockbreeders' publications, newspapers and paintings...An important book for anyone with an interest in the sociology of animals, and in the more general social history that emerges from its beautifully presented wealth of detail.
Coral Lansbury
This is a remarkable book about how, in a uniquely exploitative age, animals became surrogates for human aspirations. Ritvo is not content with theoretical interpretation of human-animal interaction; she examines the attitudes of the people who actually had animals in their charge: pet owners, farmers, sportsmen, zoologists. It is a book of extraordinary timeliness.
New York Times Book Review
This is both an amusing and a valuable book...Harriet Ritvo is concerned primarily with the discussion, use, display of animals as part of a rhetoric of human and class ascendancy. But the material presented here with impressive lucidity and control should interest virtually any reader. And the book is intriguingly and lavishly illustrated, mostly with engravings and woodcuts from sources ranging from Punch to natural histories, stockbreeders' publications, newspapers and paintings...An important book for anyone with an interest in the sociology of animals, and in the more general social history that emerges from its beautifully presented wealth of detail.
— Vicki Hearne
New York Review of Books
The brilliance of Ritvo's book, my favorite for 1987...[lies] in the particular examples that she has chosen to illustrate the institutional bonds of humans with other animals...She tells so many wonderful stories.
— Stephen Jay Gould
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674037076
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1989
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Harriet Ritvo is Arthur J. Conner Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Nature of the Beast

Part I. Prestige and Pedigree

1. Barons of Beef

2. Prize Pets

Part II. Dangerous Classes

3. A Measure of Compassion

4. Cave Canem

Part III. Animals and Empire

5. Exotic Captives

6. The Thrill of the Chase

Notes

Illustration Credits

Index

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