By Ingrid H. Tague

ISBN-10: 0271065885

ISBN-13: 9780271065885

ISBN-10: 0271065893

ISBN-13: 9780271065892

Animal Companions explores how eighteenth-century British society perceived pets and the ways that dialog approximately them mirrored and formed broader cultural debates.

While Europeans stored pets lengthy sooner than the eighteenth century, many believed that doing so used to be at top frivolous and at worst downright risky. Ingrid Tague argues that for Britons of the eighteenth century, pets provided a distinct technique to articulate what it intended to be human and what society should appear like. With the sunrise of the Enlightenment and the tip of the Malthusian cycle of dearth and famine that marked prior eras, England turned the wealthiest kingdom in Europe, with a brand new realizing of faith, technological know-how, and non-European cultures and exceptional entry to patron items of all types. those adjustments generated pleasure and anxiousness that have been mirrored in debates over the rights and wrongs of human-animal relationships.

Drawing on a extensive array of resources, together with ordinary histories, periodicals, visible and fabric tradition, and the testimony of puppy proprietors themselves, Animal Companions exhibits how pets turned either more and more noticeable signs of spreading prosperity and catalysts for debates concerning the morality of the substantially varied society rising in eighteenth-century Britain.

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