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    DescriptionThe bee is not a domestic animal, yet our relationship with this creature is one of the longest-standing between humanity and any other species. Since the earliest times the unique manufacturing and architectural abilities of the bee and its remarkable social organization have been regarded as miraculous. Because of this ancient relationship, bees always carry profound cultural meanings which can tell us much about who we are. Bees are also the subject of an enormous body of legend throughout the temperate world; no less extraordinary is the natural history of the bee, and the ways in which its biological and social organization have been adapted and encouraged by mankind in search of honey. Claire Preston's "Bee" follows the natural and cultural history of our relationship with the bee and the development of these legends, from ancient political descriptions of the bee to Renaissance debates about monarchy, and the accompanying scientific discoveries about insects, to the modern conversion of the virtuous, civil bee into the dangerous swarm of the Hollywood horror flick, and finally to the melancholy recognition that the scientific study of bee behavior gives us a warning to beware our own awful technologies of destruction. Written in a lively, engaging style, and containing many fascinating bee facts, anecdotes, fables, and images, Bee is also a wide-ranging, highly-illustrated meditation on the natural and cultural history of this familiar and much-admired insect. It will appeal to a wide audience: those who work with bees and in honey production; those who appreciate this industrious creature and its intricate, miniature society; and, those too who have an interest in the way animals such as the bee have woven themselves into the fabric of our culture.


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    Title
    Bee
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Claire Preston
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 190 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 358 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781861892560
    ISBN 10: 186189256X
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: SCP
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.2
    BIC subject category V2: WNCN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24280
    Libri: I-NA
    DC22: 595.799
    BISAC V2.8: NAT017000
    Thema V1.0: WNCN
    Edition
    Annotated
    Illustrations note
    84 black & white illustrations, 33 colour illustrations
    Publisher
    Reaktion Books
    Imprint name
    Reaktion Books
    Publication date
    20 February 2006
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Claire Preston is lecturer in English and a fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.
    Review quote
    "This new series promises to be addictive." - Desmond Morris"