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- DescriptionShips of empire carried t just merchandise, soldiers and administrators but also equine genes from as far afield as Europe, Arabia, the Americas, China and Japan. In the process, they introduced horses into parts of the world t native to that animal in historical times. As a result, horses in Thailand, the Philippine Horses, the Cape Horse in South Africa and the Basotho Pony in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho share a genetic lineage with the horse found in the Indonesian archipelago.This book explores the 'invention' of specific breeds of horse in the context of imperial design and colonial trade routes. Here, it focuses on the introduction, invention and use of the horse in Thailand, the Philippines and southern Africa as well as examining its roots and evolution within Indonesia. In addition, it examines the colonial trade in horses within the Indian Ocean and discusses the historiographical and methodological problems associated with writing a more species- or horse-centric history. This is a fascinating study that will appeal t only to scholars but also to the broad horse-reading public interested in all things equine.
- Author BiographyGreg Bankoff is Professor of Modern History at the University of Hull. Sandra Swart lectures in history at Stellenbosch University.
- Author(s)Greg Bankoff,Sandra Swart
- PublisherNIAS Press
- Date of Publication01/08/2007
- SubjectAgriculture & Farming
- Series TitleNIAS Studies in Asian Topics
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 42
- Place of PublicationCopenhagen
- Country of PublicationDenmark
- ImprintNIAS Press
- Content Note8M.5ill.
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
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