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Drawing on archaeology, biology, art, literature, and ethnography, Horse illuminates the relationship between humans and horses throughout history. It shares stories of horses at work, at war, and at play, in paintings, books, and movies, and ponders the intelligence of horses, their skill and strength as well as their grace and beauty....

Title : Horse: How the Horse Has Shaped Civilizations
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ISBN : 9780974240596
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Horse: How the Horse Has Shaped Civilizations Reviews

  • Glenn
    2018-09-29 03:39

    In early May, 1864, Union General Ulysses S. Grant witnessed a teamster brutally beating a horse. Furious in a way that few of his officers had ever seen him, Grant ordered the teamster tied to a tree for six hours, and then had him sent out of the army camps. He then calmly ordered his men forward into the slaughterhouse that was the battle of the Wilderness, a battle that killed or wounded nearly 30,000 men. Afterwards, despite the heavy casualties, Grant moved forward, into a series of battles that cost anywhere from 40-60,000 men. Not once was it recorded that he reacted as when he witnessed one horse being abused.Reaching back to take in nearly every significant society, “How the Horse has Shaped Civilizations” is a mix of the mythic and the factual, simply and clearly written, until the reader understands that the power and place of the horse in our world cannot be without both these aspects--spiritual and practical. The mix is what connects us so deeply to this animal, makes us place it in such regard, and in such a primal way. The reader learns of the changes--subtle and overt that those societies wrought on the horse, and vice-versa. There are deep contradictions in the relationship that Ted brings out beautifully--how the horse enabled the adaptations necessary to human survival, and how they were also changed, themselves forced to adapt to survive as a species amongst humans.Throughout the book, Ted Chamberlain traces modern events and societal behaviors back to horses. You'll learn how the cold war arms race, laws against miscegenation, even the wearing of togas and sandals in ancient Rome (and therefore modern frat house toga parties and the success of the movie Animal House--I'm the one making that connection here) all started with the horse. And how without his horse Alexander would have been known and Alex the Pretty Good.“How the Horse Has Shaped Civilization” is a book that shows us horses at work, at play, wild, and in circumstances created for the benefit of humans that horse's adaptability turned into an environment natural to them, although their “otherness” will always make the horse a being of wonder and beauty to us.

  • Amanda
    2018-10-05 19:34

    I enjoyed this, but it was alot more personal, subjective, than what I was expecting.

  • Kelsey S. Hock
    2018-10-10 21:27

    Meh. Lots of history and fiction, not a lot about horses. Maybe my mood.

  • Stephen
    2018-09-21 00:34

    How do I love thee, O horse? Let me count the ways. J. Edward Chamberlin’s Horse begins with one lonely native American mare separated from her tribe recounting, from long memory, the many centuries that horses and humans have traveled together. Even after moving to more conventional historical narrative, the book remains highly storied, drawing much from art and poetry and never far removed from recollections of Blackfoot, Greek, Chinese, or other horse-related mythology. In terms of history, war and sports predominate, with the scant mention made to an actual workhorse appearing and vanishing in the last chapter like the twinkling of a star. The history itself sits under the shadow of mythology; the author's claim that chariots were used more to taxi infantry to the battle than as weapons themselves is illustrated with nothing more than The Illiad, and he manages to put the cart before the horse (ho, ho) by referring to Islamic expansion as a reaction to the Crusades. Say again? There’s useful information here – on the evolution of different breeds, saddles, riding styles – but it’s altogether very general. It’s a loving tribute to creatures that inspire awe and have been at the center of human history for thousands of years, but shouldn’ t be approached for too much substantial history.

  • Chris
    2018-09-28 23:26

    Chamberlin's book gives a nice overview of the horse in history, but does not give a detailed look. It is more a book about how wonderful and magical horses are than an in depth look at the history of the horse in the world. Chamberlin's writing, however, makes the book a wonderful and easy read. One of his best sentences is "Eohippus looked a lot like Eeyore, the donkey in Winnie the Pooh; but instead of losing her tail, she lost her toes" (5).

  • Brandy
    2018-10-01 22:22

    This book contains a wonderful mix of stories that bring history alive and intertwines art, literature, anthropology, folk lore and other fascinating aspects of human civilizations via the ever-present horse

  • Terri
    2018-10-12 03:31

    Informative survey.

  • Miranda
    2018-10-06 20:46

    Fascinating read, but it lacked cohesiveness.

  • Kendra
    2018-09-22 20:20

    A love story to the horse. Sweetly written with a brief overview of the history of the horse.

  • Deyanira Villalta
    2018-10-21 23:21

    Enjoyed this book. Used in my Horses & Humans class.

  • ₵oincidental Ðandy
    2018-10-08 03:30

    An elegant, eloquent tribute to the noble horse.