Farewell to the Horse: The Final Century of Our Relationship

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Penguin UK, 25 трав. 2017 р. - 480 стор.
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THE SUNDAY TIMES HISTORY BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017

'A beautiful and thoughtful exploration of the role of the horse in creating our world' James Rebanks

'Scintillating, exhilarating ... you have never read a book like it ... a new way of considering history' Observer


The relationship between horses and humans is an ancient, profound and complex one. For millennia horses provided the strength and speed that humans lacked. How we travelled, farmed and fought was dictated by the needs of this extraordinary animal. And then, suddenly, in the 20th century the links were broken and the millions of horses that shared our existence almost vanished, eking out a marginal existence on race-tracks and pony clubs.

Farewell to the Horse is an engaging, brilliantly written and moving discussion of what horses once meant to us. Cities, farmland, entire industries were once shaped as much by the needs of horses as humans. The intervention of horses was fundamental in countless historical events. They were sculpted, painted, cherished, admired; they were thrashed, abused and exposed to terrible danger. From the Roman Empire to the Napoleonic Empire every world-conqueror needed to be shown on a horse. Tolstoy once reckoned that he had cumulatively spent some nine years of his life on horseback.

Ulrich Raulff's book, a bestseller in Germany, is a superb monument to the endlessly various creature who has so often shared and shaped our fate.

 

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List of Illustrations
The Long Farewell
The Centaurian Pact
Hell for Horses
A Pastoral Incident
viii
Riding West
xxxv
The Shock
lxi
The Jewish Horsewoman
lxxxix
PART III
iii
Napoleon
iii
The Fourth Rider
iii
The Whip
iii
A Winters Tale
iii
Teeth and Time
viii
Conquest
xxvi
Out of the Picture
xlvii

PART II
ii
Blood and Speed
ii
The Anatomy Lesson
ii
Connoisseurs and Conmen
ii
Researchers
ii
Herodotus
lxii
Illustrations
1
Notes
32
Acknowledgements
85

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Ulrich Raulff (Author)
Ulrich Raulff is Director of the German Literature Archive in Marbach am Neckar. Previously, he was Literary Editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Managing Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. He has written books on Marc Bloch and Aby Warburg and won both the the Anna Krüger Prize and the Ernst Robert Curtius Prize for Essay Writing. His book on the influence of the German poet Stefan George was awarded the 2010 Leipzig Book Fair Prize.

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