Horse Power: A History Of The Horse And The Donkey In Human Societies Juliet Clutton-Brock

ISBN: 9780674406469

Published: August 1st 1992

Hardcover

192 pages


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Horse Power: A History Of The Horse And The Donkey In Human Societies  by  Juliet Clutton-Brock

Horse Power: A History Of The Horse And The Donkey In Human Societies by Juliet Clutton-Brock
August 1st 1992 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 192 pages | ISBN: 9780674406469 | 9.17 Mb

If not for a horse, would Alexander have been the Great? William, the Conqueror? Richard, the Lionhearted? If not for their awesome mounts, would the Spaniards have had their way with the New World? Would Paul Revere have spread the word? Would theMoreIf not for a horse, would Alexander have been the Great?

William, the Conqueror? Richard, the Lionhearted? If not for their awesome mounts, would the Spaniards have had their way with the New World? Would Paul Revere have spread the word? Would the West have been won? It is hard to comprehend how far horse power has carried us, difficult to imagine, in our era of mechanical wizardry and speed, what role the horse has played in shaping human history.

This is the challenge Juliet Clutton-Brock takes up in her book, a splendid blend of natural and social history that recounts the horses story as it has figured in - and transfigured - our own. By drawing on biological, archaeological, and historical evidence, Clutton-Brock describes the wild horse and the wild ass, from their widespread distribution at the end of the last Ice Age to their near extinction today. She shows how these beasts, once hunted for meat, were drafted for work and domesticated as humans began to grasp the possibilities of riding horseback.

This discovery, with the speed, distance, and power it offered, transformed the course of history. This elegant tale of the horse and donkey, wonderfully written and handsomely illustrated, revives the true meaning of horse power. Juliet Clutton-Brock, senior scientist in the Department of Zoology at The Natural History Museum, London, and author of several fine books on domesticated animals, provocatively shows us what a force the horse has been in determining how we live.



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