Creatures of Empire

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Virginia DeJohn Anderson’s Creatures of Empire: How Domestic Animals Transformed Early America (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004)


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Shows how animals, here livestock, should be recognised as having a vital role in historical movements, not because they provided food or clothing, but because their being in the world forced the humans around them to engage with each other in ways that they otherwise would not have done. The cows, for Anderson, are ‘agents of empire.’ - ERICA FUDGE