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The age of the horse : an equine journey through human history

Title
The age of the horse : an equine journey through human history / Susanna Forrest.
Author
Forrest, Susanna,
Publication
London : Atlantic Books, 2016.

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Description
xi, 418 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; illustrations (some color); 25 cm
Subjects
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 371-398) and index.
Call Number
JFE 17-3952
ISBN
  • 0857898981
  • 9780857898982
  • 0857899007
  • 9780857899002
Author
Forrest, Susanna, author.
Title
The age of the horse : an equine journey through human history / Susanna Forrest.
Publisher
London : Atlantic Books, 2016.
Type of Content
text
still image
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
volume
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 371-398) and index.
Summary
Man has always been fascinated by Equus caballus, recasting horse power into many forms: a hunk of meat, an industrial and agricultural machine, a luxury good, a cherished dancer, a comrade in arms and a symbol of a mythical past. From the wild tarpans sought by the Nazis to jade-laden treasure steeds in Ancient China, broken-down nags recycled into sausages and furniture stuffing, stallions that face fighting bulls and brewery horses that charmed the founder of the Sikh Empire, The Age of the Horse knits the history of the horse into that of humans, through revolution, war, social change and uneasy peace. It also uncovers new roles for the horse in the twenty-first century as a tool in the fight against climate change and as a therapist for soldiers damaged in unwinnable conflicts. In this captivating book, Susanna Forrest takes a journey through time and around the world, from the Mongolian steppes to a mirrored manege at Versailles, an elegant polo club in Beijing and a farm, a fort and an auction house in America, exploring the horse's crucial role and revealing how our culture and economy were generated, nourished and shaped by horse power and its gifts and limits.
Research Call Number
JFE 17-3952
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