Breeds of Empire: The 'Invention' of the Horse in Southeast Asia and Southern Africa, 1500-1950

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Ships of empire carried not just merchandise, soldiers and administrators but also equine genes from as far afield as Europe, Arabia, the Americas, China and Japan. In the process, they introduced horses into parts of the world not native to that animal in historical times. As a result, horses in Thailand, the Philippine Horses, the Cape Horse in South Africa and the Basotho Pony in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho share a genetic lineage with the horse found in the Indonesian archipelago.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788776940218
  • Publisher: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 263
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors vii
1 Breeds of Empire and the 'Invention' of the Horse Greg Bankoff Sandra Swart 1 Part 1
2 Southeast Asia and Southern Africa in the Maritime Horse Trade of the Indian Ocean, c. 1800-1914 William Gervase Clarence-Smith 21
3 Horse Breeding, Long-distance Horse Trading and Royal Courts in Indonesian History, 1500-1900 Peter Boomgaard 33
4 The 'Arab' of the Indonesian Archipelago: Famed Horse Breeds of Sumbawa Bernice de Jong Boers 51
5 Javanese Horses for the Court of Ayutthaya Dhiravat na Pombejra 65 Part 2
6 Colonising New Lands: Horses in the Philippines Greg Bankoff 85
7 Adapting to a New Environment: The Philippine Horse Greg Bankoff 105
8 Riding High - Horses, Power and Settler Society in Southern Africa, c. 1654-1840 Sandra Swart 123
9 The 'Ox That Deceives': The Meanings of the 'Basotho Pony' in Southern Africa Sandra Swart 141 Epilogue
10 'Together yet Apart': Towards a Horse-story Greg Bankoff Sandra Swart 153 Notes 155 Bibliography 219 Index 249
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