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 saved pets lengthy ahead of the eighteenth century, many believed that doing so used to be at top frivolous and at worst downright harmful. Ingrid Tague argues that for Britons of the eighteenth century, pets provided a special method to articulate what it intended to be human and what society should appear like. With the sunrise of the Enlightenment and the top of the Malthusian cycle of dearth and famine that marked earlier eras, England turned the wealthiest country in Europe, with a brand new realizing of faith, technological know-how, and non-European cultures and remarkable entry to patron items of all types. those ameliorations generated pleasure and nervousness that have been mirrored in debates over the rights and wrongs of human-animal relationships.

Drawing on a wide array of assets, together with average histories, periodicals, visible and fabric tradition, and the testimony of puppy vendors themselves, Animal Companions indicates how pets turned either more and more noticeable symptoms of spreading prosperity and catalysts for debates in regards to the morality of the notably assorted society rising in eighteenth-century Britain.

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