Based on extensive archival work in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia, this study illuminates the connections between the biological consequences and the politics of imperialism. In tracing both the national origins and imperial expansion of British breeds, Woods uncovers the processes that laid the foundation for our livestock industry today.
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Combining careful exposition with lively anecdotes, Woods has given us a fascinating and sustained discussion of the ideas surrounding livestock breeding as herds and flocks proliferated around the British Empire and became the base for major settler enterprises. Her approach is instructive for understanding imperial networks and their implications for today's globalized world.William Beinart, University of Oxford
With incredible reach, Woods brings together a diverse group of fieldsfrom natural history to the economics of empire to the study of mechanical refrigeration and shippingto reveal the long and complex relationship between livestock and place and what it means to call particular breeds 'native.'Thomas R. Dunlap, author of In the Field, Among the Feathered