1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Animal-Human History

Edited By Hilda Kean, Philip Howell Copyright 2018
    574 Pages
    by Routledge

    574 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Animal-Human History provides an up-to-date guide for the historian working within the growing field of animal-human history. Giving a sense of the diversity and interdisciplinary nature of the field, cutting-edge contributions explore the practices of and challenges posed by historical studies of animals and animal-human relationships.

    Divided into three parts, the Companion takes both a theoretical and practical approach to a field that is emerging as a prominent area of study. Animals and the Practice of History considers established practices of history, such as political history, public history and cultural memory, and how animal-human history can contribute to them. Problems and Paradigms identifies key historiographical issues to the field with contributors considering the challenges posed by topics such as agency, literature, art and emotional attachment. The final section, Themes and Provocations, looks at larger themes within the history of animal-human relationships in more depth, with contributions covering topics that include breeding, war, hunting and eating.

    As it is increasingly recognised that nonhuman actors have contributed to the making of history, The Routledge Companion to Animal-Human History provides a timely and important contribution to the scholarship on animal-human history and surrounding debates.

    Introduction 1. Writing in Animals in History Philip Howell and Hilda Kean

    I Animals and the Practice of History 2. The Other Citizens: Nationalism and Animals Sandra Swart 3. New Political History and the Writing of Animal Lives Mieke Roscher 4. Public History and Heritage: A Fruitful Approach for Privileging Animals? Hilda Kean 5. Wildlife Conservation as Cultural Memory  Jan-Erik Steinkruger 6. Animals in Science: Laboratory Life from the Experimental Animal to the Model Organism Robert G.W. Kirk 7. Animals in the History of Animal and Veterinary Medicine Abigail Woods 8. Animal Matters Liv Emma Thorsen

    II Problems and Paradigms 9. Animals, Agency, and History Philip Howell 10. Animals in Victorian Literature and Culture Jennifer McDonnell 11. ‘And Has Not Art Promoted Our Work Also?’ Visual Culture in Animal-Human History J. Keri Cronin 12. When Adam and Eve were Monkeys: Anthropomorphism, Zoomorphism, and Other Ways of Looking at Animals Boria Sax 13. Exhibiting Animals Helen Cowie 14. Topologies of Tenderness and Violence: Human-Animal Relations in Georgian England Carl Griffin 15. The History of Emotional Attachment to Animals Ingrid H. Tague 16. Surviving Twentieth-Century Modernity: Birdsong and Emotions in Britain Michael Guida

    III Themes and Provocations 17. Breeding Julie-Marie Strange, Mick Worboys, and Neil Pemberton 18. Animals in and at War Gervase Phillips 19. Hunting and Animal-Human History Philip Howell 20. Eating Animals Chris Otter 21. Animals and Violence: Medieval Humanism, ‘Medieval Brutality’, and the Carnivorous Vegetarianism of Margery Kempe Karl Steel

    Conclusions 22. Practising Animal-Human History Philip Howell

    Epilogue Harriet Ritvo


    Hilda Kean was Dean of Ruskin College, Oxford. Her many books include The Great Cat and Dog Massacre: The Real Story of the World War 11’s Unknown Tragedy (2017); Animal Rights: Political and Social Change in Britain since 1800 (1998); The Public History Reader (with Paul Martin, 2013).

    Philip Howell is Reader in Historical Geography at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of Geographies of Regulation: Policing Prostitution in Nineteenth- Century Britain and the Empire (2009) and At Home and Astray: The Domestic Dog in Victorian Britain (2015).

    ‘With incisive writing from some excellent contributors, this volume makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of the complexity and diversity of animal-human histories.’

    Steve Baker, Emeritus Professor of Art History, University of Central Lancashire, UK

    ‘Until relatively recently, historians have been guilty of selectively ignoring the role that relationships with nonhuman animals have played in shaping, and in some cases transforming, human history. The Routledge Companion to Animal-Human History provides a series of timely and outstanding reviews of the complex issues and exciting opportunities that arise when the "conjoined histories" of humans and other animals are reconsidered.’

    James Serpell, University of Pennsylvania, USA

    ‘As the study of animal-human history continues to grow and diversify, I am sure that this ‘state of the art’ collection of essays will become a vital source. It opens up new, thought-provoking approaches to a range of themes, especially the active roles that animals have played in human history, and is lavishly referenced.’

    Professor Diana Donald, author of Picturing Animals in Britain, 1750-1850

    'Setting out from an exemplary introduction to key issues in thinking about human-animal histories, the authors here are excellent companions with whom to journey into these mutual pasts. They indicate and explore ways in which human-animal histories can be researched, recovered, remade, and written in illuminating, instructive, and provocative ways.'

    Garry Marvin, Professor of Human-Animal Studies, University of Roehampton, UK

    'Overall, then, the Companion showcases not only animal-human history's immense scope, but also the lively contradictions that abound within it ... Certainly, the political decision to include animals more explicitly in our historical writing and research is to be celebrated, not only for the intriguing questions this opens up, but for the potential futures towards which such work might lead.

    Ben Garlick, Journal of Historical Geographyy

    '...a truly important contribution to the fast-expanding field...'

    Erica Fudge, Society & Animals

    'As a wide-ranging survey of where animal–human history has been, what it is now, and which tools and approaches can be used to expand its reach in the future, the Routledge Companion to Animal–Human History is itself a statement of the coming of age of the field.'

    Nancy Cushing, Anthrozoös

    'Kean and Howell have put together an extraordinary collection which will be a classic text not only for animal-human history in particular, but for human animal studies in general. With the proliferation of debates included and furthered here The Routledge Companion to Animal-Human History will inspire scholars well-versed in human animal studies as well as researchers and students beginning such studies.'

    Wendy Woodward, Animal Studies Journal

    '...a solid overview of the field of animal-human history, showing the massive amount of work that has been done in the last few years in this relatively young subdiscipline... It is a useful tool for historians interested in animal-human history and those already involved in this subdiscipline.'

    Kirsten Weitering, TSEG/ Low Countries Journal of Social and Economic History

    'The reviewer recommends this multi-faceted and reflective anthology for all students and lecturers within Human-Animal Studies.'

    Pascal Eitler, Tierstudien