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Legions of Pigs in the Early Medieval West

Author: Jamie Kreiner
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2021.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Early medieval communities were thinking seriously about their environments. They saw themselves as part of a complex and dynamic universe that was propelled by interconnected organisms and forces. In that system, even the smallest creatures or events could have far-reaching consequences. The big picture was tied to hyperlocal circumstances. The people who lived in the early medieval West (in what is now northwest  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jamie Kreiner
ISBN: 9780300255553 0300255551
OCLC Number: 1203952218
Description: 1 online resource 48 b-w + 32 color illus.
Responsibility: Jamie Kreiner.

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Early medieval communities were thinking seriously about their environments. They saw themselves as part of a complex and dynamic universe that was propelled by interconnected organisms and forces. In that system, even the smallest creatures or events could have far-reaching consequences. The big picture was tied to hyperlocal circumstances. The people who lived in the early medieval West (in what is now northwest Africa and Europe) brought these perspectives to bear on their farming, policy making, and philosophizing. And pigs were both a means and a motivation for doing this. They were a flexible species that could handle a diversity of ecologies. They illustrated the benefits of being adaptable. But they were also a constant reminder that humans had to adapt to their animals and landscapes.

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Winner of the George Perkins Marsh Prize from the American Society for Environmental History"Legions of Pigs is one of the best accounts of the early Middle Ages I have read."-Paul Freedman, author Read more...

 
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