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The Culture of the Horse : Status, Discipline, and Identity in the Early Modern World - Karen Raber

The Culture of the Horse

Status, Discipline, and Identity in the Early Modern World

By: Karen Raber (Editor), Treva J. Tucker (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st March 2005
ISBN: 9781403966216
Number Of Pages: 371

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This volume fills an important gap in the analysis of early modern history and culture by reintroducing scholars to the significance of the horse. A more complete understanding of the role of horses and horsemanship is absolutely crucial to our understanding of the early modern world. Each essay in the collection provides a snapshot of how horse culture and the broader culture--that tapestry of images, objects, structures, sounds, gestures, texts, and ideas--articulate. Without knowledge of how the horse figured in all these aspects, no version of political, material, or intellectual culture in the period can be entirely accurate.

"In premodern societies, the horse is everywhere--in the economy, in warfare, in politics, and in the most diverse activities--just as the automobile is in other societies. Necessity, power, pleasure: all make the horse a useful and effective tool, as well as a distinctive social sign and symbol. A permanent fact in the Western world, this specific relationship between humans and horses is embodied in the prestige of the Society of riding masters whose Art influences other civilizations. Horses thus construct status, teach lessons of discipline and control, and shape identities, both individual and collective. This is the principal contribution of the collection of essays assembled by Karen Raber and Treva J. Tucker. It is a magnificent proof of the vitality of early modern cultural history in the United States."--Daniel Roche, CollEge de France

Introduction
Power and Status
Cultural Convergence: The Equine Connection between Muscovy and Europe
ThePalioHorse in Renaissance and Early Modern Italy
Shakespeare and the Social Devaluation of the Horse
"Faith, Say a Man Should Steal Ye--And Feed Ye Fatter": Equine Hunger and Theft in Woodstock
Discipline and Control
Just a Bit of Control: The Historical Significance of Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century German Bit Books
Man and Horse in Harmony
FromGens d'armesto
Gentilshommes: Dressage, Civiliteacute;, and
Ballet agrave; Cheval
Identity and Self-Definition
A Horse of a Different Color: Nation and Race in Early Modern Horsemanship Treatises
Honest English Breed: "The Thoroughbred as Cultural Metaphor
Early Modern French Noble Identity and the Equestrian "Airs Above the Ground"
"Horses! Give me more horses!": White Settler Identity, Horses, and the Making of Early Modern South Africa
Learning to Ride in Early Modern Britain, or, The Making of the English Hunting Seat
Introduction
Power and Status
Cultural Convergence: The Equine Connection between Muscovy and Europe
ThePalioHorse in Renaissance and Early Modern Italy
Shakespeare and the Social Devaluation of the Horse
"Faith, Say a Man Should Steal Ye--And Feed Ye Fatter": Equine Hunger and Theft in Woodstock
Discipline and Control
Just a Bit of Control: The Historical Significance of Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century German Bit Books
Man and Horse in Harmony
FromGens d'armestoGentilshommes: Dressage, Civiliteacute;, and
Ballet agrave; Cheval
Identity and Self-Definition
A Horse of a Different Color: Nation and Race in Early Modern Horsemanship Treatises
Honest English Breed: "The Thoroughbred as Cultural Metaphor
Early Modern French Noble Identity and the Equestrian "Airs Above the Ground"
"Horses! Give me more horses!": White Settler Identity, Horses, and the Making of Early Modern South Africa
Learning to Ride in Early Modern Britain, or, The Making of the English Hunting Seat
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ISBN: 9781403966216
ISBN-10: 1403966214
Series: Early Modern Cultural Studies 1500-1700
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 371
Published: 1st March 2005
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1