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The Pigeon in the Wider World [Hardcover]

Jean Hansell
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22 July 2010
This profusely illustrated book examines the role of the pigeon in the daily life and cultural thought of many different civilisations across the world. From the ancient Middle East and Classical Greece and Rome, to both historical and modern examples from Egypt, India, Iran and China, the author covers a panoply of practices and beliefs. Further chapters cover topics such as the uses and status of the pigeon along the course of the Silk Road, and the history of the bird as a messenger, ranging from Noah to heroic flights as part of the British army in both World Wars. The fruit of many years of research by an accomplished author, this book reveals many fascinating insights into different societies and is certain to appeal to all keen social historians as well as ornithologists, students of religion and pigeon fanciers. This profusely illustrated book examines the role of the pigeon in the daily life and cultural thought of many different civilisations across the world. From the ancient Middle East and Classical Greece and Rome, to both historical and modern examples from Egypt, India, Iran and China, the author covers a panoply of practices and beliefs. Further chapters cover topics such as the uses and status of the pigeon along the course of the Silk Road, and the history of the bird as a messenger, ranging from Noah to heroic flights as part of the British army in both World Wars. The fruit of many years of research by an accomplished author, this book reveals many fascinating insights into different societies and is certain to appeal to all keen social historians as well as ornithologists, students of religion and pigeon fanciers.

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Millstream (22 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0948975911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0948975912
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 17.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 991,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Pigeon in the Wider World 20 Sep 2010
Format:Hardcover
This book is a must for anyone with a love for either history, the pigeon, or both. In fact anyone with a love of birds will enjoy this book. An extremely well written book with superb illustrations, plates and photographs throughout.

Dr Jean Hansell has written a number of books on the subject of pigeons and dovecotes and I have read and enjoyed them all. Dr Hansell has written some in her own right and some in conjunction with her late husband Dr Peter Hansell, confirming that she is currently the leading authority on the subject.

The Pigeon in the Wider World is a fascinating book that takes the reader on a journey that starts in 10,000 BC and continues through to the present. For anyone that is unaware of the part played by the pigeon throughout the centuries, and the birds' extraordinary interaction with man, this book is not only educational but is also an invaluable reference book.

The illustrations and plates bring this book alive but it is far from a 'coffee table book'. I have enjoyed the experience of reading this book immensely and have learned so much about the humble pigeon that I will now see them in a completely different light when I walk through the streets of London! They are 'far' from the dirty filthy disease carriers portrayed by the media and the pest control industry. The bravery shown by the birds in the two Great Wars is simply incredible and confirms the huge debt that man owes to these gentle and highly intelligent creatures.

Dr Hansell has told the story of the pigeon throughout history with vigour and a clear love for this remarkable bird.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pigeons and Doves - a wonderful book 31 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover
This is the third of a marvellous series of books on pigeons and doves. Thoroughly researched, reliably referenced and with really great illustrations. Really beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Pigeon in the Wider World 14 Oct 2010
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An excellent book full of interesting and useful information revealing the value of the pigeon to man over so many years.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Jean Hansell's world has shrunk 20 Sep 2011
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The Pigeon in the Wider World is nothing if not a disappointment. Much of the content has appeared in previous books by Jean Hansell and though I have no idea how popular they have proved, it's hard to escape the suspicion that this book has been written on the coat-tails of "Images of the Dove" and "The Pigeon in History". To be fair, there are several new photographs and drawings of pigeon cotes in Eastern countries and the photographs of the Blue Mosque at Mazar-i-Sharif are impressive, but overall this volume can't hold a candle to the other titles mentioned, which, incidentally, are more book for your buck. People like myself will no doubt buy it because we collect things pigeon, but at something over $40 with shipping, it's an expensive indulgence. If you haven't got her other titles, buy them; if you do have them, think twice about this one.
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