Module Identifier RS31810  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Professor Richard Moore-Colyer  
Semester Semester 2  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours   100%  

Syllabus / Curriculum design

The Horse and the defence of the realm, 1066 - 1666; The rise of equestrianism and the evolution of the English Thoroughbred; The myths of pedigree; The horse-drawn society in Victorian Britain; Horses, the Government and the Army; The agricultural horse and its delayed decline; The horse in European pre-history.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

(i)   Understand the role and significance of the horse in all aspects of the pre-combustion engine economy;

(ii)   Recognise the contribution of the horse to the social and cultural evolution of Britain;

(iii)   Understand the history of the horse as a sporting animal and the relationship between historical development
   and contemporary equestrian sports.

Aims of the module

To provide an understanding of the role of the horse in the economic, cultural, social and military history of Britain and to develop an awareness of the relationship between the history of the horse-drawn economy and the evolution of the contemporary horse industry.

Reading Lists

Russell N. (1986) Like engend'ring like: Heredity and Animal Breeding in Early Modern England. CUP
Thompson F M L (ed). (1983) Horses in Europe : a preliminary canter. British Agricultural History Society 1983

Moore-Colyer R J. (1995) Horse breeding and horses in Victorian Britain. Agricultural History Review 43 (1)
Moore-Colyer R J. (1995) The horse in pre-history: some speculations. Archaeological Journal, 151