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City of Beasts: How Animals Shaped Georgian London. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019. xviii + 310pp. 34 figures. Bibliography. £25.00 hbk. £30.00 ebk

By Charlie Taverner

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Farm animals populate the next two sections: the cows and pigs reared within the built-up area, and the cattle and sheep driven into the heart of the city to be slaughtered. A recurrent theme of the book is the way in which urban growth actually increased interactions between animals and humans (the numbers are astonishing: in 1822, Smithfield market drew 1.7 million animals to its inner-city site). On several occasions, the author invokes modern studies of animal behaviour, which suggest, for example, how boisterous street conditions disrupted the herding behaviour of sheep, and how short canine sleep cycles made dogs alert guardians of domestic and commercial space.

Publication Title Urban History
Volume 47
Issue 2
Pages 349-351
ISBN/ISSN 09639268
Publisher Cambridge University Press
DOI 10.1017/S0963926820000048
Language English
Notes Name - University of ManchesterCopyright - Copyright © The Author(s), 2020. Published by Cambridge University PressSubjectsTermNotLitGenreText - London England
Author Address Birkbeck, University of London ; Birkbeck, University of London
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  1. Animal husbandry
  2. Animals
  3. Books
  4. Cities and towns
  5. History
  6. Horses
  7. Livestock
  8. London
  9. Pigs
  10. Sheep
  11. sleep
  12. urban development