‘This thoughtfully edited collection offers rich and varied work by an interdisciplinary community of scholars thinking with and about animals over the longue durée of Chinese history. The volume demonstrates the value of ranging broadly across region, time period, and source, and readers will find exciting new work on animals in agronomy, ritual practices, consumption of all sorts, literature, ethics, material culture, and much more.'
Carla Nappi - University of British Columbia
‘This thought-provoking collection represents both the cutting edge of animal studies and a necessary foundation for future scholarship. It reveals the profound material and symbolic influence of animals on state and society, and offers fresh insights into the impacts of four thousand years of human activity on zoological China.'
Sigrid Schmalzer - University of Massachusetts, Amherst
‘Animals through Chinese History is a major contribution to Chinese, as well as animal studies. Bringing together leading experts, it explores the changing attitudes towards given species, and the animal world at large, across Chinese history. This rich volume is a must read for anyone interested in Chinese conceptions of nature no less than the global history of the human interaction with non-human animals.'
Meir Shahar - Tel Aviv University
‘Animals through Chinese History represents an exciting contribution to the fields of Chinese studies and animal studies. The collection brings together the insights of leading specialists to provide a valuable resource for both scholars and students.’
Source: Journal of the American Oriental Society
‘Drawing upon an impressive range of primary sources, this volume constitutes a collection of essays from various scholarly disciplines that seek to 'open the door to the rich field of animals and knowing in China'.'
Source: Religious Studies