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Horse Power: A History of the Horse and Donkey in Human Societies

Horse Power: A History of the Horse and Donkey in Human Societies

by Juliet Clutton-Brock

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Library Journal
Although the rather dull title implies this is a pedantic work, this book is thoroughly absorbing and filled with facts of major interest. For example, the practice of nostril splitting, which helps the horse to breathe better, is well documented both in text and illustrations. Clutton-Brock, a scientist in the Department of Zoology at the British Museum, writes in a scholarly yet very readable style. At the heart of her thesis is proof that the horse and the ass, the only two members of the Equidae family to be domesticated, contributed to the shaping of human history. Offering a historical account of their development, complete with archaeological evidence and excellent illustrations, Clutton-Brock has written a splendid history of both. Highly recommended for science and natural history collections as well as collections focusing on veterinary medicine.-- Anne A. Salter, Atlanta Historical Soc . Lib.
A beautifully written and illustrated (both color and b&w) account of the close association that human beings have had with the horse and the ass for many thousands of years. Clutton-Brock is a senior scientist at the Natural History Museum, London. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Harvard University Press
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Juliet Clutton-Brock is Senior Scientist in the Department of Zoology at the British Museum of Natural History.

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