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...Introduction There has never been any purely human space in world history—ever. This course explores the history of human ideas about and uses of animals, and important ways of interpreting that past in order to understand the lives...

Introduction

Stephen Bending

Stephen Bending is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Southampton. He is the author of Women, Gardens and Eighteenth-Century Culture, and co-editor of Writing Rural England 1500-1800. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Gardens in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Cultural History Chapter

...The last thirty years have seen an enormous, and enormously fruitful, expansion of approaches to European gardens and to garden history of the period 1650–1800. All periodizations are of course arbitrary, and these dates are not intended...

Introduction: Ancient Animals

Linda Kalof

Linda Kalof is Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University and author of Looking at Animals in Human History and editor of The Animals Reader: The Essential Classic and Contemporary Writings. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Animals in Antiquity Volume 1

Berg, 2007

Cultural History Chapter

...When the earliest versions of the story of Gilgamesh were being written on clay tablets around 2100 bce, the role of animals in ancient human societies was critical, compelling, and pervasive. But the centrality of animals to human cultures...

Liminality: A Governing Category in Animate History

Clemens Wischermann

Clemens Wischermann is Chair of Economic and Social History at the University of Constance, Germany. He has published widely on the history of industrialization and urbanization in 19th- and 20th-century Europe. He is the author of Advertising and the European City: Historical Perspectives (2000). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Philip Howell

Philip Howell is Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, UK. He is the author of At Home and Astray: The Domestic Dog in Victorian Britain (2015) and Geographies of Regulation: Policing Prostitution in Nineteenth-Century Britain and the Empire (2009). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Animal History in the Modern City : Exploring Liminality

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Book Chapter

...A generation ago animal history was in its infancy, if hard to place historiographically. Was it an extension of growing environmental awareness in the humanities, with non-human animals as useful proxies for the fate of ‘Nature...

Artistic Representations

Brigitte Resl

Brigitte Resl is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Liverpool and is author of Understanding Animals, 1150-1350 and co-author of Writing Nature in the Early Middle Ages. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Animals in the Medieval Age Volume 2

Berg, 2007

Cultural History Chapter

...“Animals are good to think [with].”C. Lévi-Strauss, The Savage Mind (1972; repr., Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996), p. 162. This is one of the reasons why animals provide many of the most popular motifs in medieval art, especially...

Cultural History of Climate Change

Vladimir Janković

Vladimir Janković is Reader in History of Science and Atmospheric Humanities at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester, UK Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Lesson Plan

...Introduction What is this unit about? As a defining issue of the twentieth century, climate change has garnered extraordinary attention in sciences and humanities alike. It has defied traditional disciplinary analyses and challenged...

Food Security, Safety, and Crises

A Cultural History of Food in the Renaissance Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Cultural History Chapter

...Late medieval Europe was essentially a rural society, with the majority of the population living and working on land, either as free or unfree peasants and landholders. At the same time, European society underwent a significant process...

Domestication

A Cultural History of Animals in the Medieval Age Volume 2

Berg, 2007

Cultural History Chapter

...In medieval times, high ecclesiastic culture established a sharp distinction between cultural spaces such as the cloister, monastery, garden, village, and castle and the unknown and threatening wilderness beyond, that is, the forest...

Domestication

A Cultural History of Animals in the Renaissance Volume 3

Berg, 2007

Cultural History Chapter

...Renaissance society would not have survived without domesticated animals. People kept them for food: as livestock, cattle and sheep and goats supplied them with dairy products, while poultry laid eggs and bees made honey. With their wool...

Plantings

A Cultural History of Gardens in the Renaissance Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Cultural History Chapter

...At the end of the sixteenth century, the friar Agostino del Riccio lamented on more than one occasion the fact that husbandry, once pursued by honest and virtuous persons, was now left in the hands of the ignorant, men who had no love...