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The conventional history of animals could be more accurately described as the history of human ideas about animals. Only in the last few decades have scholars from a wide variety of disciplines attempted to document the lives of historical animals in ways that recognize their agency as sentient beings with complex intelligence. This collection advances the field further, inviting us to examine our recorded history through an animal-centric lens to discover how animals have altered the course of our collective past. The seventeen scholars gathered here present case studies from the Pacific Ocean, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, involving species ranging from gorillas and horses to salamanders and orcas. Together they seek out new methodologies, questions, and stories that challenge accepted historical assumptions and structures. Drawing upon environmental, social, and political history, the contributors employ research from such wide-ranging fields as philosophy and veterinary medicine, embracing a radical interdisciplinarity that is crucial to understanding our nonhuman past. Grounded in the knowledge that there has never been a purely human time in world history, this collection asks and answers an incredibly urgent question for historians and others interested in the nonhuman past: in an age of mass extinctions, mass animal captivity, and climate change, when we know much of what animals have done in the past, which of our activities will we want to change in the future?
By Susan Nance (editor)

Hardcover:

9780815634287 | Syracuse Univ Pr, September 15, 2015, cover price $65.00

Paperback:

9780815634065 | Syracuse Univ Pr, September 15, 2015, cover price $39.95 | About this edition: The conventional history of animals could be more accurately described as the history of human ideas about animals.

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Product Description: Consider the career of an enduring if controversial icon of American entertainment: the genial circus elephant. In Entertaining Elephants Susan Nance examines elephant behavior―drawing on the scientific literature of animal cognition, learning, and communications―to offer a study of elephants as actors (rather than objects) in American circus entertainment between 1800 and 1940...read more

Hardcover:

9781421408293 | Johns Hopkins Univ Pr, January 14, 2013, cover price $55.00 | About this edition: Consider the career of an enduring if controversial icon of American entertainment: the genial circus elephant.

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Product Description: Americans have always shown a fascination with the people, customs, and legends of the "East--witness the popularity of the stories of the Arabian Nights, the performances of Arab belly dancers and acrobats, the feats of turban-wearing vaudeville magicians, and even the antics of fez-topped Shriners...read more

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9780807832745 | Univ of North Carolina Pr, June 1, 2009, cover price $58.95 | About this edition: Americans have always shown a fascination with the people, customs, and legends of the "East--witness the popularity of the stories of the Arabian Nights, the performances of Arab belly dancers and acrobats, the feats of turban-wearing vaudeville magicians, and even the antics of fez-topped Shriners.

Paperback:

9781469614953 | Univ of North Carolina Pr, June 1, 2009, cover price $36.95 | About this edition: Americans have always shown a fascination with the people, customs, and legends of the "East--witness the popularity of the stories of the Arabian Nights, the performances of Arab belly dancers and acrobats, the feats of turban-wearing vaudeville magicians, and even the antics of fez-topped Shriners.

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