Fifty Animals That Changed the Course of History

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David & Charles Publishers, 2011 - Animals and civilization - 223 pages
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"The fascinating stories of the animals that changed civilizations. "

"Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History" is a beautifully presented guide to the animals that have had the greatest impact on human civilization. Entries are organized by scientific name, except for Homo sapiens, which is featured last.

The 50 animals include the horse, dog, rat, whale, reindeer, beaver, flea, leech, dodo, falcon, oyster and shark. These creatures, great and small, have played central roles in the evolution of humankind, but they have remained at the periphery of our understanding of history. Whether it is an advancement in scientific knowledge, a trade war, disease and death, battles won and lost, or encounters with explorers in unknown lands, these animals have changed the course of history.

More than 150 elegant drawings, photographs and paintings, as well as excerpts from literature, highlight the concise text. Each animal is judged by its influence in four categories: Edible -- animals that have shaped agriculture, such as the cowMedical -- animals that are "disease vectors," spreading bacteria and viruses, from malaria to plagueCommercial -- animals used for trade or in manufacturingPractical -- animals used for transportation or clothing.

The animals described in "Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History" are familiar, but their roles in human history are easily overlooked. This attractive reference gives us a fresh perspective on our place in the animal kingdom.

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About the author (2011)

Eric Chaline is a professional author, editor, and journalist based in London. He has numerous book and magazine credits covering a range of nonfiction subjects, including design, travel, and health and fitness.

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