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How the Horse Has Shaped Civilizations

J. Edward Chamberlin


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Paperback (5/1/2008)


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.

Praise For Horse: How the Horse Has Shaped Civilizations

"A philosophical history and a lyrical essay...especially eloquent on the paradox of the horse as domestic animal that also represents wildness."  Washington Post

"Clear, precise, poetic, and thoroughly original....This is a landmark book." David Larkin, author, Country Wisdom

"Poetic and personal, but also learned and reflective. Chamberlin combines equine magic with horse sense."  Felipe Fernández-Armesto, author, Civilizations

"[Readers] will revel in this account of how the horse evolved. Insights, knowledge, wit, and verve on every page."  Richard W. Slatta, author, The Cowboy Encyclopedia

"Will satisfy those interested in the horse in world culture....A must read!"  Sander L. Gilman, author, Making the Body Beautiful

"This remarkable and engrossing book will provide a wealth of unexpected knowledge about the role of horses in human history."  Michael Korda, author, Horse People

"A genuine labor of love and awe and a treasure trove of equinalia, Horse is bound to find many delighted fans."  Los Angeles Times

"If you come along for the ride, you will never look at horses or humans the same way again."  Teresa Jordan, author, Riding the White Horse Home and Cowgirls

BlueBridge, 9780974240596, 282pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2006

About the Author

J. Edward Chamberlin is a professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Toronto. He was the senior research associate with the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, and has worked extensively on native land claims around the world. He is the author of "Come Back to Me My Language: Poetry and the West Indies, ""The Harrowing of Eden: White Attitudes Towards Native Americans," and "If This Is Your Land, Where Are Your Stories?" The grandson of an Alberta rancher, Chamberlin has bred horses and collected stories about humans and horses for much of his life. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.