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- DescriptionHistorian James Turner focuses on the great rise of Victorian concern for the humane treatment of animals, one of the most teworthy 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 research in the archives of 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, t 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 and heightened sensitivity even to the plight of lower life-forms were contributing to a new understanding of man's place in nature.
- Author BiographyJames Turner is a professor of history at the University of Notre Dame. His books include Without God, Without Creed, and The Liberal Education of Charles Eliot Norton, both available from Johns Hopkins.
- Author(s)James Turner
- PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
- Date of Publication19/10/2000
- SubjectSocial Issues, Services & Welfare
- Series TitleJohns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science
- Series Part/Volume Number98
- Place of PublicationBaltimore, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintJohns Hopkins University Press
- Content Note1, black & white illustrations
- Weight312 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 17
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