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Cattle: An Informed Social History Illustrated Edition
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Though her narrative suffers from a somewhat scattered approach, Carlson has much to say about that long journey. Cattle have shaped human societies for millennia, she notes, figuring prominently in the lives and imaginations of the cave dwellers of Paleolithic Europe, the farmers of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, and 19th-century Australia, South America, and the American West, to name but a few. She stops in at each of these times and places, pondering curiosities as she does. Along the way, for instance, she writes of scandals involving tainted beef served to American field soldiers during the Spanish-American War and subsequent advances in food safety; the efforts of German scientists to reverse-breed cattle to arrive at the ancestral aurochs, extinct for nearly four centuries; the ravages of "zoonoses," or animal-borne diseases such as smallpox and cowpox; and the role of the cattle industry in the development of transcontinental railroads. She also observes that cattle husbandry has gone from an economic given to a source of controversy throughout much of the world, thanks to the rise of new bovine diseases and the effects of overgrazing on already threatened environments. --Gregory McNamee
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
- Item Weight : 1.46 pounds
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1566633885
- ISBN-13 : 978-1566633888
- Dimensions : 6.32 x 1.22 x 9.24 inches
- Publisher : Ivan R. Dee; Illustrated edition (August 22, 2001)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,783,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You will like this book if you are interested humans’ relations with “domestic” animals. You will like it if you are interested in diet, health-via-nutrition and food safety. You will like it if you enjoy seeing how society’s lore and myths got started and then were sent down in flames (sometimes). You will like it if the “what” and “why” of gender roles through History interest you. You will like this book if you are confused and/or concerned by the relationships between “modern” Agriculture and environmental impacts (real and imagined).
There is something here of value for almost anyone and, as a bonus, Carlson is a good writer showcasing a readable style and reasonable, objective approach to an interesting and increasingly important subject.