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Breeds of Empire: The ’Invention’ of the Horse in Southeast Asia and Southern Africa 1500-1950
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2011 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

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. As a result, horses in Thailand, the Philippine Horses, the Cape Horse in South Africa and the Basotho Pony in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho share a genetic lineage with the horse found in the Indonesian archipelago.

This book explores the ‘invention’ of specific breeds of horse in the context of imperial design and colonial trade routes. Here, it focuses on the introduction, invention and use of the horse in Thailand, the Philippines and southern Africa as well as examining its roots and evolution within Indonesia. In addition, it examines the colonial trade in horses within the Indian Ocean and discusses the historiographical and methodological problems associated with writing a more species or horse-centric history.

This is a fascinating study that will appeal not only to scholars but also to the broad horse-reading public interested in all things equine.

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Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2011. , 272 p.
, NIAS Studies in Asian Topics, 42
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Horses, breeds, South East Asia, Southern Africa
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URN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-4026ISBN: 978 87 7694 014 0ISBN: 978 87 7694 021 8OAI: diva2:844165
Available from: 2015-08-04 Created: 2015-08-04 Last updated: 2015-08-14Bibliographically approved

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