A Cultural History of Animals 6 Volume Set

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A Cultural History of Animals is a multi-volume project on the history of human-animal relations from ancient times to the present. The set of six volumes covers 4500 years of human-animal interaction. Volume 1: Antiquity to the Dark Ages (2500BC - 1000AD) Volume 2: The Medieval Age (1000-1400) Volume 3: The Renaissance (1400-1600) Volume 4: The Enlightenment (1600-1800) Volume 5: The Age of Empire (1800-1920) Volume 6: The Modern Age ...

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Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2008
A Cultural History of Animals is a multi-volume project on the history of human-animal relations from ancient times to the present. The set of six volumes covers 4500 years of human-animal interaction. Volume 1: Antiquity to the Dark Ages (2500BC - 1000AD) Volume 2: The Medieval Age (1000-1400) Volume 3: The Renaissance (1400-1600) Volume 4: The Enlightenment (1600-1800) Volume 5: The Age of Empire (1800-1920) Volume 6: The Modern Age (1920-2000, including a discussion of animals of the future) As the same issues are central to animal-human relations throughout history, each volume shares the same structure, with chapters in each volume analysing the same issues and themes. In this way each volume can be read individually to cover a specific period and individual chapters can be read across volumes to follow a theme across history. Each volume explores: the sacred and the symbolic (totem, sacrifice, status and popular beliefs), hunting; domestication (taming, breeding, labour and companionship); entertainment and exhibitions (the menagerie, zoos, circuses and carnivals); science and specimens (research, education, collections and museums); philosophical beliefs; and artistic representations. The full six volume set combines to present the most authoritative and comprehensive survey available on animals through history.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The Cultural History of Animals presents an innovative and compelling introduction to current scholarship about the historical relationships between people and other animals." -
Harriet Ritvo, Arthur J. Conner Professor of History, M.I.T.

“An innovative and ambitious project that synthesizes knowledge of animals as living creatures and their symbolic representations… an invaluable contribution to our understanding… A combination of surprise and entertainment with serious research gives these volumes a place in the best tradition of accessible science.” - Bernd Hüppauf, New York University for H-Soz-u-Kult

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847888235
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 3/15/2011
  • Series: The Cultural Histories Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 1632
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 2.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Kalof is Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University.
Brigitte Resl is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Liverpool.

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Table of Contents

Volume 1 A CULTURAL HISTORY OF ANIMALS IN ANTIQUITY Edited by Linda Kalof Introduction: Ancient Animals, Linda Kalof, Michigan State University 1. Animals: From Souls and the Sacred in Prehistoric Times to Symbols and Slaves in Antiquity, Jim Mason, Independent Scholar, USA 2. Hunting in the Ancient Mediterranean World, J. Donald Hughes, University of Denver 3. How Domestic Animals Have Shaped the Development of Human Societies, Juliet Clutton-Brock, Independent Scholar, UK 4. Beastly Spectacles in the Ancient Mediterranean World, Jo-Ann Shelton, University of California at Santa Barbara 5. The Observation and Use of Animals in the Development of Scientific Thought in the Ancient World, Andrew Gordon, Independent Scholar, USA 6. Animals in Ancient Philosophy: Conceptions and Misconceptions, Stephen T. Newmyer, Duquesne University 7. Animals into Art in the Ancient World, Christine Morris, Trinity College, Dublin Volume 2 A CULTURAL HISTORY OF ANIMALS IN THE MEDIEVAL AGE Edited by Brigitte Resl Introduction: Animals in the Middle Ages, Brigitte Resl, Goldsmiths College, London 1. Animals in Medieval Folklore and Religion, Sophie Page, University College London 2. Medieval Hunting, An Smets, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and Baudouin van den Abeele, Université Catholique de Louvain 3. Domestication, Esther Pascua, University of St. Andrews 4. Animals in Medieval Sports, Entertainments, and Menageries, Lisa Kiser, Ohio State University 5. Animals in Medieval Science, Pieter Beullens, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven 6. Philosophical Beliefs, Pieter De Leemans, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and Matthew Klemm, John Hopkins University 7. Animals in Art in the Middle Ages, Brigitte Resl, Goldsmiths College, London Volume 3 A CULTURAL HISTORY OF ANIMALS IN THE RENAISSANCE Edited by Bruce Boehrer Introduction: The Animal Renaissance, Bruce Boehrer, Florida State University 1. A 'Foule Fowle': The Marginalised Cormorant in the Renaissance, Kevin De Ornellas, Queen's University, Belfast 2. Hunting Rites and Animals Rights in the Renaissance, Charles Bergman, Pacific Lutheran University 3. Domesticated Animals in Renaissance Europe, Peter Edwards, Roehampton University 4. Entertaining Animals 1558-1625, Teresa Grant, University of Warwick 5. The Relation Between Discourse and Illustrations in Natural History Treatises of the Mid-Sixteenth Century, Philippe Glardon, Institut Universitaire d'Histoire de la Medecine at Lausanne 6. Philosophers and Animals in the Renaissance, Stefano Perfetti, University of Pisa 7. Meticulous Depiction: Animals in Art, 1400-1600, Victoria Dickenson, McCord Museum, McGill University Volume 4 A CULTURAL HISTORY OF ANIMALS IN THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT Edited by Matthew Senior Introduction: The Place of the Animal, 1600-1800, Matthew Senior, University of Minnesota, Morris 1. The Souls of Men and Beasts, 1637-1764, Matthew Senior, University of Minnesota, Morris 2. Hunting and the Ancien Régime, Philippe Salvadori, Université de Bourgogne 3. Strange Familiars: The Two Faces of Animal Domestication, Karen Raber, University of Mississippi 4. Inside and Outside: Animal Activity and the Red Bull Playhouse, St. John Street, Eva Griffith, University of Durham 5. Natural History, Natural Philosophy, and Animals, Anita Guerrini, University of California, Santa Barbara 6. The Animal Enlightenment, Jean-Luc Guichet, Collège de Philosophie, Paris 7. The Animal in 17th and 18th-Century Art, Madeleine Pinault-Sorensen, Musée du Louvre Volume 5 A CULTURAL HISTORY OF ANIMALS IN THE AGE OF EMPIRE Edited by Kathleen Kete Introduction: Animals and Human Empire, Kathleen Kete, Trinity College, Hartford 1. The Moment of Greyfriars Bobby: The Changing Cultural Position of Animals in Europe, Hilda Kean, Ruskin College, Oxford 2. Hunting Empires in Britain and the United States, Daniel Herman, Central Washington University 3. Domestication of Empire: Human-Animal Relations at the Intersection of Civilization and Acclimatization in the Nineteenth Century, Dorothee Brantz, Department of History, SUNY Buffalo 4. How the Caged Bird Sings: Entertainment and the Exhibition of Animals, Nigel Rothfels, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 5. From Birds of Paradise to Drosophila: The Changing Roles of Scientific Specimens in Europe and America to 1920, Narisara Murray, Independent Scholar, Cambodia 6. Philosophy and Animals in the Age of Empire, Mark Rowlands, Department of Philosophy, University of Hertfordshire 7. Narrative Dominion or The Animals Write Back? Animal Genres in Literature and the Arts, Teresa Mangum, Department of English, University of Iowa Volume 6 A CULTURAL HISTORY OF ANIMALS IN THE MODERN AGE Edited by Randy Malamud Introduction: Famous Animals in Modern Culture, Randy Malamud, Georgia State University 1. The Golden Spider and Her World-Wide Web: Sacred and Symbolic Animals in the Era of Change, Boria Sax, Mercy College 2. Hunting in the Modern Age, Garry Marvin, Roehampton University 3. The Present and Future of Animal Domestication, Margo DeMello, Albuquerque TVI College, New Mexico 4. Zoo Animals as Entertainment Exhibitions, David Hancocks, Royal Institute of British Architects,, Australia 5. Scientific Animals: The Laboratory and its Human-Animal Relations, from Dba to Dolly, Karen Rader, Sarah Lawrence College 6. Animal Philosophy: Ethics and Zoontology, Ralph Acampora, Hofstra University 7. Animals in Twentieth Century Art, Jonathan Burt, Independent Scholar, UK

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  • Posted May 1, 2013

    These are good books but a bit hard to read. There's so much inf

    These are good books but a bit hard to read. There's so much information in them that it all kind of glosses together. When reading them you have to remember they cover a whole period of history, even in just one of the books. They are more of a collection of essays than one author writing the entire book series. Sometimes the information is redundant, or it contradicts something said in another chapter of the book. Overall, though, they are wonderful books and I learned a lot from them. They're easier to read if you only read about a chapter a day, instead of three or four...as my professor had us do.

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