By: Greg Bankoff
272 pages, 8 maps, 5 illus
This book explores the 'invention' of specific breeds of horse in the context of imperial design and colonial trade routes. Ships of empire carried not just merchandise, soldiers and administrators but also equine genes from as far a field as Europe, Arabia, the Americas, China and Japan. In the process, they introduced horses into parts of the world not native to that animal in historical times. The book deals respectively with the introduction, invention and use of the horse in the Philippines, Thailand and Southern Africa as well as examining its roots and evolution within Indonesia.
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