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Author Almeroth-Williams, Thomas, author

Title City of beasts : how animals shaped Georgian London / Thomas Almeroth-Williams
Published Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 309 pages) : illustrations, maps (some color)
Series Book collections on Project MUSE
Contents Introduction -- 1. Mill horse -- 2. Draught horse -- 3. Animal husbandry -- 4. Meat on the hoof -- 5. Consuming horses -- 6. Horsing around -- 7. Watchdogs -- Conclusion
Summary This book explores the role of animals - horses, cattle, sheep, pigs and dogs - in shaping Georgian London. Moving away from the philosophical, fictional and humanitarian sources used by previous animal studies, it focuses on evidence of tangible, dung-bespattered interactions between real people and animals, drawn from legal, parish, commercial, newspaper and private records.This approach opens up new perspectives on unfamiliar or misunderstood metropolitan spaces, activities, social types, relationships and cultural developments. Ultimately, the book challenges traditional assumptions about the industrial, agricultural and consumer revolutions, as well as key aspects of the city's culture, social relations and physical development. It will be stimulating reading for students and professional scholars of urban, social, economic, agricultural, industrial, architectural and environmental history
Notes Color map on lining papers
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 222-298) and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Animals and civilization -- England -- London -- History -- 18th century
Animals -- England -- London -- History -- 18th century
Human-animal relationships -- England -- London -- History -- 18th century
Urban ecology (Biology) -- England -- London -- History -- 18th century
Human-animal relationships.
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Zoology / General.
England -- London.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1526126362