The Herds Shot Round the World: Native Breeds and the by Rebecca J. H. Woods

By Rebecca J. H. Woods

As Britain industrialized within the early 19th century, animal breeders confronted the necessity to convert cattle into items whereas conserving the certain personality in their breeds. hence they reworked farm animals and sheep tailored to local environments into cumbersome, quick-fattening beasts. Exploring the environmental and monetary ramifications of imperial growth on colonial environments and creation practices, Rebecca J. H. Woods strains how international physiological and ecological variety eroded lower than the technological, financial, and cultural method that grew up round the construction of farm animals through the British Empire. getting to the connection among sort and position and what it capacity to name a specific breed of cattle "native," Woods highlights the inherent stress among buyer expectancies within the metropole and the ecological truth on the periphery.

Based on huge archival paintings within the uk, New Zealand, and Australia, this examine illuminates the connections among the organic results and the politics of imperialism. In tracing either the nationwide origins and imperial growth of British breeds, Woods uncovers the tactics that laid the basis for our farm animals today.

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