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  • ISBN: 1631494325
  • ISBN: 9781631494321
  • Physical Description: xiii, 449 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
    print
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, 2018.

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General Note: "First published in German by Verlag C. H. Beck oHG Munchen in 2015 under the title Das letzte Jahrhundert der Pferde"--Title page verso.
Translation of: Letzte Jahrhundert der Pferde.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 376-437) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: The long farewell -- Part I. The centaurian pact: Energy. Hell for horses ; A pastoral incident ; Riding west ; The shock ; A Jewish horsewoman -- Part II. A phantom in the library: Knowledge. Blood and speed ; The anatomy lesson ; Connoisseurs and conmen ; Researchers -- Part III. The living metaphor: Pathos. Napoleon ; The fourth rider ; The whip ; Turin: a winter's tale -- Part IV. The forgotten player: Histories. Teeth and time ; Conquest ; Out of the picture ; Herodotus.
Summary, etc.: "Horses and humans share an ancient, profoundly complex relationship. Once our most indispensable companions, horses were for millennia essential in helping build our cities, farms, and industries. But during the twentieth century, in an increasingly mechanized society, they began to disappear from human history. In this esoteric and rich tribute, [the author] chronicles the dramatic story of this most spectacular creature, thoroughly examining how they've been muses and brothers in arms, neglected and sacrificed in war yet memorialized in paintings, sculpture, and novels--and ultimately marginalized on racetracks and in pony clubs"--Amazon.com.
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  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 January #1
    Raulff's exceptionally thorough volume details "the last century of the horse," that is, the "long nineteenth century" between Napoleon and WWI. The rise of machinery and advanced technology changed the nature of the human-equine relationship. Once our companion in agriculture and war, it became, Raulff notes with some dismissiveness, "a recreational item, a mode of therapy, a status symbol, and a source of pastoral support for female puberty." In four sections, densely populated with tangents and philosophical musings, Raulff offers a look at a changing cultural landscape, primarily in western Europe, with the horse as one of the primary casualties of industry. The first section expounds on the horse as a necessary tool on farmlands, in cities, and in war; the second discusses fading academic and scientific interest. The third section addresses horse depictions in art, religion, and myth, while the fourth offers more personal narratives. The horse itself is only a peripheral character, serving, instead, primarily as the lens through which Raulff examines this cross section of human history. In sum, this is a historian's exploration of a tumultuous period. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Horses History
Human-animal relationships History
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