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The Age of the Horse: An Equine Journey Through Human History Hardcover – 6 Oct 2016
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From Xenophon to Hitler via Chinese Polo and the battle of Waterloo, this extraordinary work demonstrates how much better world history looks with a horse in the foreground. --Meg Rosoff
A richly informative, lively and elegantly written overview of the horse in human culture and history... Anyone with even the slightest interest in horses and their past, present and future as human companions, allies or victims should be sure to read it and learn from it. --Peter Mitchell, Fellow in Archaeology, University of Oxford
No animal more deserves a rigorous and deep investigation of its place in human life, and no one is better positioned to provide it than Susanna Forrest. She approaches her subject with both love and lucidity, with a sharp awareness of the limits of what we can know about horses.--Justin E. H. Smith, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Paris
The fascinating story of the horse from their origins to the present day, via centuries of global human history.See all Product description
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The book is of amazing quality and the pictures are extremely detailed.
Delivery times were exceptional and the book arrived in time for Christmas.
In eight chapters Susanna examines: the evolution of the horse, its domestication, the wild horse, the power of the horse, and horses in war. There is a short bibliography, maps and numerous fascinating illustrations. The whole is an absorbing account of a wonderful animal. Forrest makes it clear that her book is not a history of the horse. it is, she says, a wander down six bridle roads that branch out into more pathways around the world.
Horses are used in more ways than any other animal. They pull wagons and ploughs, we ride them, they carry loads for us, some eat its meat, they perform enormously important military roles on the battlefield and on ceremonial occasions, we keep them as pets and they have been symbolized around the world in statues. The author relates in her most attractive book that a French naturalist described the horse as ' the most noble conquest of mankind'.
This book is a superb successor to her memoir of 2012, 'If Wishes Were Horses'. It is very clever and fresh. some of the writing is sublime, some facts are nuggets of pure gold. For example, we learn that horses thrive much better on classical music than jazz. The French used to call a horse a bidet, both are straddled. Her description of the horse in Victorian London is full of fascinating detail such as the fact that cab horses did a 40 mile day, six days a week. Their life was on average only three years. Other facts include : 20,000 died at the battle of Waterloo, many more thousands died in the Great War, a war that would have been impossible without the horse, and between 1947-8 over 200,000 horses were put down in the UK because the internal combustion engine had made them redundant.
Susanna, once an editor of Erotic Review, is a social anthropologist by training She has written an outstanding and original story about a magnificent creature. Read it.
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