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At Home and Astray: The Domestic Dog in Victorian Britain by Philip Howell

By Philip Howell

Although the British think of themselves a kingdom of puppy fans, what we
have come to understand because the glossy puppy got here into lifestyles basically after a profound, and relatively
contemporary, transformation in that country’s social attitudes and practices. In At
domestic and Astray,
Philip Howell specializes in Victorian Britain, and particularly London, to
convey how the dog’s altering position in society was once the topic of excessive debate and
trusted a desirable blend of forces even to return about.

Despite a
dating with people going again millions of years, the puppy in simple terms grew to become totally domesticated
and put in on the middle of the middle-class domestic within the 19th century. puppy breeding and
exhibiting proliferated at the moment, and puppy possession elevated significantly. on the similar time,
the puppy used to be more and more policed out of public area, the "stray" changing into the unloved
counterpart of the family "pet." Howell exhibits how this redefinition of the
dog’s position illuminates our figuring out of modernity and town. He additionally explores the
interesting strategy wherein the dog’s altering position used to be proposed, challenged, and
confronted—and finally conditionally approved. With a helping forged that incorporates Charles
Dickens, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Thomas Carlyle, and Charles Darwin, and matters of inquiry
starting from vivisection and the policing of rabies to puppy cemeteries, puppy shelters, and the
perform of jogging the puppy, At domestic and Astray is a contribution not just to
the historical past of animals but in addition to our realizing of the Victorian period and its

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