Animals in Human Histories

Animals in Human Histories

The Mirror of Nature and Culture

Edited by Mary Henninger-Voss


University of Rochester Press



An exploration of the various ways animals and their relations to humans have been depicted throughout the ages.
This volume delves into the realm between representative images and real animals. It is a historical inquiry into human interaction with the animals we eat, pamper, experiment on, and imagine, as they have been variously domesticated, slaughtered, loved, studied, and made into icons of human invention. Common assumptions and experiences with animals have entered into the functioning and conceptualizing of life, yet these are historically and culturally contingent. The essays in this volume unveil the ways in which human-animal relationships reveal the interhuman structures of the cultures in which they are formed.
By using animals as a lens, they refocus our awareness of the ways in which humans have allotted resources, gathered knowledge, and structured families. The treatment of animals is often a guide to the treatment of people within a society, while the perceived 'stewardship' of humans over animals has helped shape the broader environment that both human and nonhuman animals share. The authors tackle their subject from a variety of levels -- popular, scientific, and economic. The essays explore the vast borderland between human ideas and physical nature regarding animal representation.

Contributors include Richard W. Burkhardt, Jr., Jonathan Burt, Ken C. Erickson, Katherine C. Grier, Richard C. Hoffmann, Andrew C. Isenberg, Jacqueline Milliet, John Solomon Otto, Karen A. Rader, Harriet Ritvo, Nigel Rothfels, Kenneth J. Shapiro, and Edward I. Steinhart.

Mary Henninger-Voss is an Associate of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University.


December 2002
10 black and white illustrations
512 pages
6x9 in
Studies in Comparative History
ISBN: 9781580461214
Format: Hardback
University of Rochester Press
BISAC NAT001000, SOC002010
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Table of Contents

Carp, Cods, Connections: New Fisheries in the Medieval European Economy and Environment - Richard Hoffmann
Cattle-Grazing in the Southeastern United States, 1670-1949: An Economic and Social Adaptation - John Otto
Beef in a Box: Killing Cattle on the High Plain - Kenneth C. Erickson
The Wild and the Tamed: Indians, Euroamericans, and the Destruction of the Bison - Andrew C. Isenberg
The Imperial Hunt in Colonial Kenya, c. 1880-1909 - Edward I. Steinhart
Catching Animals - Nigel Rothfels
Constructing the Zoo: Science, Society, and Animal Nature at the Paris Menagerie, 1794-1838 - Richard W. Burkhardt Jr.
Violent Health and the Moving Image: The London Zoo and Monkey Hill - Jonathan Burt
The Sincerest Form of Flatter - Harriet Ritvo
"The Eden of Home": Changing Understandings of Cruelty and Kindness to Animals in Middle-Class American Households, 1820-1900 - Katherine Grier
A Comparative Study of Women's Activities in the Domestication of Animals - Jacqueline Milliet
The Multiple Meanings of Laboratory Animals: Standardizing Mice for American Cancer Research, 1910-1950 - Karen Rader
A Rodent for Your Thoughts: The Social Construction of Animal Models - Kenneth J. Shapiro


Excellent essays. . . a landmark volume. ANTHROZOOS

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