西洋における動物園の歴史(図版多数)<br>Zoo : A History of Zoological Gardens in the West

西洋における動物園の歴史(図版多数)
Zoo : A History of Zoological Gardens in the West

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 400 p., 387 illus.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9781861891112
  • DDC分類 590.73

基本説明

New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 2002.

Full Description


Wild animals have fascinated human observers since time immemorial. The story of our interest in collecting, classifying and dominating nature so that its inner workings could be understood also looms large in the history of science, and thus it is surprising that the history of menageries, zoological gardens and the zoo as we know it today has been so poorly documented. This gap is addressed by "Zoo", a comprehensive history of the zoo in the Western world. Beginning in the Renaissance, wealthy aristocrats showcased large numbers of exotic beasts in their menageries. Safely caged, animals inspired the interest of naturalists and fed the curiosity of the masses. In the 19th century, increased urbanization and colonization aided the expansion of zoos in which animals, imported in their thousands, were tamed to serve as domesticated livestock. Nowadays, with wildlife and many natural habitats under the 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 endagered species to their detractors.With the aid of numerous illustrations and anecdotes, the text takes readers behind the scenes of this frequently misunderstood institution.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Call of the Wild                 7  (8)
THE PASSION FOR COLLECTING (1500s to 1700s) 15 (56)
Ancient Trophies 17 (12)
The Aristocracy's New-found Curiosity 29 (14)
Baroque Scenography 43 (12)
Popular Pleasures 55 (16)
THE NEED FOR CONTROL (1800s) 71 (128)
The Elite and the Invention of the Zoo 73 (40)
Imperial Glory 113(18)
The Exploitation of Nature 131(16)
The Thrill of the Wild 147(52)
THE YEARNING FOR NATURE (1900s) 199(84)
A Public Quest 201(36)
The Illusion of Liberty 237(28)
The Imitation of Nature 265(18)
Epilogue 281(2)
ZOOS THROUGH THE AGES 283(56)
ARTISTS AND THE ZOO 339(32)
References 371(26)
Photographic Acknowledgements 397(1)
Index 398