Exciting news! I am now working with Routledge on my book Soldiers and their Horses: Sense, Sentimentality and the Soldier-Horse Relationship in The Great War. It is going to be published in Routledge’s ‘Studies in Cultural History’ series.
Here is a taster of what Soldiers and their Horses is all about!
“The soldier-horse relationship was a working partnership, nurtured by The British Army because it made the soldier and his horse into an effective fighting unit. Working and living alongside one another in difficult and dangerous conditions, soldiers came to rely on their horses and their horses in them. Soldiers and their Horses explores a complex relationship between horse and human, made all the more fraught because of the extreme conditions in which it existed.
Soldiers and their Horses reconciles the hard pragmatism of war with the emotional and the imaginative. It is both a social history of Britain in the early twentieth century and a history of the British Army. By carefully overlapping the civilian and the military, and juxtaposing institutional policy and individual experience, this book provides a valuable contribution to current thinking about the complexity of human-animal relationships.”
Watch this Space…