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    Zoo: A History of Zoological Gardens in the West (Paperback) By (author) Eric Baratay, By (author) Elisabeth Hardouin-Fugier

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    DescriptionWild animals have fascinated human observers since time immemorial. The story of our interest in collecting, classifying and dominating Nature looms large; thus it is surprising that the history of menageries, zoological gardens and zoos as we know them today has been so poorly documented. This gap is addressed by "Zoo". In the Renaissance, wealthy aristocrats showcased exotic beasts in private menageries. Safely caged, animals inspired the interest of naturalists and fed the curiosity of the masses. By the nineteenth century, increased urbanization and colonization aided the expansion of zoos in which animals were tamed to serve as domesticated livestock. Nowadays, with many natural habitats under threat of extinction, the social function of zoos is less clear. Such institutions both present the illusion of wild animals in a natural state to a nostalgic public and find themselves justifying their existence as saviours of endangered species.

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    A History of Zoological Gardens in the West
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Eric Baratay, By (author) Elisabeth Hardouin-Fugier
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 210 mm
    Height: 250 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 1,403 g
    ISBN 13: 9781861892089
    ISBN 10: 186189208X

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCP
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.2
    BIC subject category V2: WNH
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24280
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI070000
    Ingram Subject Code: GI
    Libri: I-GI
    BISAC V2.8: GAR006000
    DC21: 590.73
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A63160000
    LC classification: QL76
    DC22: 590.7309
    LC classification: SF411.35 .B37 2004
    Thema V1.0: WNH
    Illustrations note
    254 black & white illustrations, 133 colour illustrations
    Reaktion Books
    Imprint name
    Reaktion Books
    Publication date
    04 April 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Eric Baratay is Senior Lecturer in History at the Universite Jean-Moulin, Lyon. Elisabeth Hardouin-Fugier is Professor of Art History at the Universite Jean-Moulin, Lyon. She is the author of many books, including A History of French Still Life in the Nineteenth Century (1998).
    Review quote
    an impressive book' -Sunday Times 'The stark elegance of Eric Baratay and Elisabeth Hardouin-Fugier's argument pulls no punches. Illustrations punctuate the text with an appropriate, and sometimes saddening beauty. What emerges is a history of the craze for the Other The Guardian a fascinating and wide-ranging history of zoos from the menageries attached to aristocratic palaces and villas in the 1500s to those in modern cities ... provides the intriguing and often harrowing background to one of the most agonising dilemmas of our time: with ever more species threatened with extinction in their natural habitat, should we seek to preserve them in special sanctuaries and if so where and how? The Times a richly informative book. An absolute must for those interested in zoo history - or anyone fascinated by Homo sapiens' changing relationship with our fellow creatures. New Scientist For those who wish, nostalgically, to enjoy the pleasures of antique zoo edifices, this lavishly illustrated book offers many rare and fascinating drawings and photographs, while also explaining the complex changes in social attitudes to the keeping of wild beasts in captivity. It is a scholarly and wonderfully researched study providing many insights into what has become an increasingly controversial subject. -- Desmond Morris RIBA Journal a handsome and informative book Church Times A short notice cannot do justice to this admirable and thought-provoking book. Architectural Review a fascinating cultural and architectural history The Independent, Books of the Year Not just a compendium of pretty pictures - though you'll be stunned by the 400 images - this book traces the history of zoos throughout the world. Among similar books, it is unique in exploring the social ramifications of our relations with the peaceable kingdom Library Journal, Best Books of the Year