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Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History
Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History

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Publisher: Firefly Books

Author Statement: Eric Chaline
Series Name: Fifty Things That Changed the Course of History
Audience: Trade
Specs: full color throughout, further reading, index
Pages: 224
Trim Size: 6 3/4" X 9" X 5/8"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20150730
Copyright Year: 2015
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Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History

The fascinating stories of the animals that changed civilizations.

"Uncovers some of the most interesting stories of how animals ... have impacted human civilization in economic, political, and industrial history. This is an original approach that links the biological sciences to the social sciences and students and general readers will find many interesting stories within these pages."
--American Reference Books Annual 2012

"[An] inspired invitation to browsing, with short but informative essays on each of the subjects, rich in illustrations, excerpts and sidebars."
--Globe and Mail

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.

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. The animals are judged by their influence in four categories:

  • Edible -- animals that have shaped agriculture, such as the cow
  • Medical -- animals that are "disease vectors," spreading bacteria and viruses, from malaria to plague
  • Commercial -- animals used for trade or in manufacturing
  • Practical -- 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 membership in the animal kingdom.

Bio:

Eric Chaline is a journalist and writer and has published titles on philosophy, including The Book of Zen and The Book of Gods, and on history, including Traveler's Guide to the Ancient World: Ancient Greece, History's Worst Inventions, History's Greatest Deceptions and History's Worst Predictions. He now lives and works in London, England, where he is conducting doctoral research in sociology at South Bank University.

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Contents

Introduction

    Mosquito
    Honeybee
    Common Minke Whale
    American Buffalo
    Spiny Dye-Murex
    Silkworm
    Cow
    Wolf
    Dog
    Goat
    North American Beaver
    North Atlantic Herring
    Pigeon
    Carp
    Cochineal
    Fruit Fly
    Donkey
    Horse
    Falcon
    Cat
    Atlantic Cod
    Chicken
    Darwin's Finches
    Bald Eagle
    Leech
    Iguanodon
    Llama
    Elephant
    Earthworm
    Spanish Fly
    Turkey
    Cobra
    Common Rabbit
    Sheep
    Chimpanzee
    Lion
    Louse
    Seal
    Oyster
    Bat
    Reindeer
    Dodo
    Rat
    Scarab Beetle
    Desert Locust
    Schistosome
    Pig
    Oriental Rat Flea
    Human

Further Reading
Index
Image Credits

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