The Routledge Companion to Animal-Human History

The Routledge Companion to Animal-Human History Book PDF

By Hilda Kean, Philip Howell

The Routledge Companion to Animal-Human History Book PDF provides an up-to-date guide for the historian working within the growing field of animal-human history. Giving a sense of the diversity and interdisciplinary nature of the field, cutting-edge contributions explore the practices of and challenges posed by historical studies of animals and animal-human relationships.

Divided into three parts, the Companion takes both a theoretical and practical approach to a field that is emerging as a prominent area of study. Animals and the Practice of History considers established practices of history, such as political history, public history and cultural memory, and how animal-human history can contribute to them. Problems and Paradigms identifies key historiographical issues to the field with contributors considering the challenges posed by topics such as agency, literature, art and emotional attachment. The final section, Themes and Provocations, looks at larger themes within the history of animal-human relationships in more depth, with contributions covering topics that include breeding, war, hunting and eating.

As it is increasingly recognised that nonhuman actors have contributed to the making of history, The Routledge Companion to Animal-Human History provides a timely and important contribution to the scholarship on animal-human history and surrounding debates.

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About Author 

Hilda Kean was Dean of Ruskin College, Oxford. Her many books include The Great Cat and Dog Massacre: The Real Story of the World War 11’s Unknown Tragedy (2017); Animal Rights: Political and Social Change in Britain since 1800 (1998); The Public History Reader (with Paul Martin, 2013).

Philip Howell is Reader in Historical Geography at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of Geographies of Regulation: Policing Prostitution in Nineteenth- Century Britain and the Empire (2009) and At Home and Astray: The Domestic Dog in Victorian Britain (2015).

Table of Contents


1. Writing in Animals in History Philip Howell and Hilda Kean

I Animals and the Practice of History 

2. The Other Citizens: Nationalism and Animals Sandra Swart

3. New Political History and the Writing of Animal Lives Mieke Roscher 

4. Public History and Heritage: A Fruitful Approach for Privileging Animals? Hilda Kean 

5. Wildlife Conservation as Cultural Memory  Jan-Erik Steinkruger 

6. Animals in Science: Laboratory Life from the Experimental Animal to the Model Organism Robert G.W. Kirk 

7. Animals in the History of Animal and Veterinary Medicine Abigail Woods 

8. Animal Matters Liv Emma Thorsen

II Problems and Paradigms 

9. Animals, Agency, and History Philip Howell 

10. Animals in Victorian Literature and Culture Jennifer McDonnell 

11. ‘And Has Not Art Promoted Our Work Also?’ Visual Culture in Animal-Human History J. Keri Cronin 

12. When Adam and Eve were Monkeys: Anthropomorphism, Zoomorphism, and Other Ways of Looking at Animals Boria Sax 

13. Exhibiting Animals Helen Cowie 

14. Topologies of Tenderness and Violence: Human-Animal Relations in Georgian England Carl Griffin 

15. The History of Emotional Attachment to Animals Ingrid H. Tague 

16. Surviving Twentieth-Century Modernity: Birdsong and Emotions in Britain Michael Guida

III Themes and Provocations 

17. Breeding Julie-Marie Strange, Mick Worboys, and Neil Pemberton 

18. Animals in and at War Gervase Phillips 

19. Hunting and Animal-Human History Philip Howell 

20. Eating Animals Chris Otter 

21. Animals and Violence: Medieval Humanism, ‘Medieval Brutality’, and the Carnivorous Vegetarianism of Margery Kempe Karl Steel


22. Practising Animal-Human History Philip Howell

Epilogue Harriet Ritvo

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