Looking at Animals in Human History
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"Linda Kalof’s Looking at Animals in Human History is a vivid and encyclopedic survey of encounters between human and nonhuman animals across Western culture. Clear, readable, beautifully illustrated and always informative, this book presents (just as the title promises) a detailed account of how people have looked at animals, with insights into how animals figure in art, in battle, in entertainment, in law, in public health, in agriculture, in rituals, and much much more. This is a valuable contribution to the growing field of human-animal studies."
"In this fascinating review, Linda Kalof has brought a fresh approach to describing the multiplicity of ways in which humans have interacted with animals from the prey of ice age hunters to the virtual animals in today’s electronic world. With its scholarly text and splendid illustrations, this eminently readable book will appeal not only to all those with an interest in the animal world but also to students of social and art history." ––Juliet Clutton-Brock, author of A Natural History of Domesticated Mammals
well. But for that we need a context. Looking at Animals in Human History . . . is a fine place to start."