This book originated in a conference on animals and history held in 2005 at the Literaturhaus in Cologne, Germany. Sponsored by the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, and coorganized by editor Dorothee Brantz and then-GHI-Director Christof Mauch, the conference brought together more than three dozen scholars, most of them from the United States or Germany. Twelve of the papers presented there are collected here. Nine of them have also appeared in German in Tierische Geschichte: Die Beziehung von Mensch und Tier in der Kultur der Moderne (Schönigh, 2010), edited by Brantz and Mauch, along with a number of other papers from the conference.

Two major themes emerge from this somewhat diffuse collection of studies of animals in Europe...

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