A Brief History
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Bears by Bernd Brunner
Book DescriptionThis engaging book examines the shared history of people and bears. Hopscotching through history, literature, and science, Bernd Brunner presents a rich compendium of the interactions between the two species and explores how bears have become central figures in our inventory of myths and dreams. He reveals the remarkable extent to which human feelings about bears have been--and still are--mixed. People have venerated, killed, caressed, tortured, nurtured, eaten, worshipped, and despised bears. Interestingly, the varied dealings of humans with bears raise the same question over and again: do our images of bears have much in common with the animal as it really is? The book uncovers new and little-known stories and facts about bears in European, North American, Japanese, Russian, and South and Southeast Asian cultures. Taken together, these perspectives show us new things about the animals we thought we knew so well. Quirky and bizarre anecdotes, scientific information on bears threatened with extinction in some areas, a discussion of the phenomenon of "bearanoia," and more than one hundred historical illustrations contribute to this unique account of the shared history between bears and humans and the continuing presence of bears in our personal and collective dreams.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300143126
(198mm x 116mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 2-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Bernd Brunner
Art of Lying Down, Hardback (November 2013)
Originally published in the German language as Die kunst des liegens: handbuch der horizontalen lebensform.
Inventing the Christmas Tree, Hardback (September 2012)
A charming history of the beloved Christmas tree, how it came out of the forest into the house, and how it has emerged as a global tradition
Moon, Paperback (August 2011)
A cultural examination of Earth's moon, through history, science, and literature, from ancient times onwards.
Ocean at Home, Paperback (March 2011)» View all books by Bernd Brunner
In this fascinating history of the aquarium, Bernd Brunner tells a compelling story of obsession, beauty, discovery and delight, from the aquarium's humble origins as a tool for scientific observation to the Victorian era's elaborately decorated containers of oceanic curiosity, to the great public aquaria of the twentieth century.
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Author Biography - Bernd Brunner
Bernd Brunner, a graduate of the Free University of Berlin and Berlin School of Economics, is an independent scholar, freelance writer, and editor of nonfiction books. He is the author of The Ocean at Home: An Illustrated History of the Aquarium. Lori Lantz received a Ph.D. in comparative literature from UCLA and attended the Free University of Berlin as a Fulbright Scholar.
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