Zoo: A History of Zoological Gardens in the West

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Reaktion Books, 2004 - Počet stran: 400
Wild 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 19th 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 saviors of endangered species.
 

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THE CALL OF THE WILD
9
THE NEED FOR CONTROL 1800s
71
THE YEARNING FOR NATURE 1900s
199
ZOOS THROUGH THE AGES
283
ARTISTS AND THE ZOO
339
References
371
Photographic Acknowledgements
397
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O autorovi (2004)

Eric Baratay is Senior Lecturer in History at the Université Jean-Moulin, Lyon.

Elisabeth Hardouin-Fugier is Professor of Art History at the Université Jean-Moulin, Lyon. She is the author of many books, including A History of French Still Life in the Nineteenth Century (1998).

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