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Reckoning with the Beast : Animals, Pain, and Humanity in the Victorian Mind - James Turner

Reckoning with the Beast

Animals, Pain, and Humanity in the Victorian Mind

Paperback Published: 30th September 2000
ISBN: 9780801866777
Number Of Pages: 204
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Historian James Turner focuses on the great rise of Victorian concern for the humane treatment of animals, one of the most noteworthy flowering of such sentiment in modern times and one that engaged the support of the rich and the powerful, of church dignitaries, peers and ministers, and the queen herself. In delving into the history of animal rights, he also offers a fresh perspective on such varied aspects of Victorian culture as attitudes toward sex, pain, child labor, women, poverty, and science.

Turner draws on extensive researh in the archives of a animal protection societies, literature of the period, and controversial writings on the treatment of animals. He argues that the dual shocks of industrialization and urbanization helped produce a deeper emotional identification with the natural world. Scientists of the day, proclaiming that human beings were close kin to beasts, not only encouraged but demanded considerate treatment for animals, a sentiment that reached its liveliest expression in the antivivisection controversy. By the turn of the century, the author demonstrates, new conceptions of human nature adn heightened sensitivity even to the plight of lower life-forms were contributing to a new understanding of man's place in nature.

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Cruelty in a Factory Agep. 15
"... This Humane and Civilizing Charity"p. 39
Man Becomes an Animalp. 60
"Revolting to the Cultivated Mind ..."p. 79
Science and Sensibilityp. 96
Entangled in the Web of Lifep. 122
Epiloguep. 138
Notesp. 141
Bibliographic Notep. 181
Acknowledgmentsp. 183
Indexp. 185
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ISBN: 9780801866777
ISBN-10: 0801866774
Series: Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 30th September 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.22 x 14.99  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.31