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The Invention of the Modern Dog by Michael Worboys (CHSTM, University of Manchester)

The Invention of the Modern Dog

Breed and Blood in Victorian Britain

Michael Worboys (CHSTM, University of Manchester)

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Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 15 Oct 2018
ISBN: 9781421426587

Connecting the emergence and development of certain dog breeds to both scientific understandings of race and blood as well as Britain's posture in a global empire, The Invention of the Modern Dog demonstrates that studying dog breeding cultures allows historians to better understand the complex social relationships of late-nineteenth-century Britain.

5 stars out of 5
Kathryn Hughes
4 Jan 2019

"a magnificent book"

In this fascinating book, three leading historians of science explore the origins of what they call the “modern” dog... Worboys, Strange and Pemberton have produced a magnificent book. It’s not clear how three scholars have managed to blend their distinguished voices into a single one without sounding as if they are writing by committee. But they have, and the result is a wonderfully lively text that traces the sources of our own obsession with doggy design and offers a gentle warning about what is at stake when we fiddle too far.

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