Farewell to the Horse : The Final Century of Our Relationship
by Ulrich Raulff , Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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SUNDAY TIMES, THE HISTORY BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 “A beautiful and thoughtful exploration of the role of the horse in the creation of our world” James Rebanks “Shimmering, exhilaratingYou’ve never read a book like this.The relationship between horses and humans is an ancient, profound and complex one.For millennia, horses provided strength and speed that humans did not have.How we travelled, breeding and fighting was dictated by the needs of this extraordinary animalAnd then, suddenly, in the 20th century, the bonds were broken, and the millions of horses that shared our existence almost disappeared, reduced to a marginal existence on the race-tracks and pony-clubsFarewell Horse is an engagement, brilliantly written and moving discussion of what horses once meant to usCities, agricultural lands, entire industries were once shaped, as much by the needs of horses as humans.The intervention of horses has been fundamental in countless historical eventsThey have been carved, painted, loved, admired; they have been thoroughly examined, mistreated and exposed to a terrible danger.From the Roman Empire to the World Empire-conqueror necessary to be represented on a horseTolstoy, once recognised that he had cumulatively spent almost nine years of his life on horsebackUlrich Raulff’s book, a bestseller in Germany, is a superb monument to the infinite diverse creature that so often shared and shaped our destiny
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