Nearly a decade of divisive debate over foxhunting in Britain culminated with the passage of the Hunting with Dogs Act of 2004. But the battle over the future of hunting is not yet resolved, and polarizing right-or-wrong debates continue undiminished. This book recounts the history of hunting in Britain and offers a fresh perspective on conflicts.
Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 1,3, University of Potsdam (Institut fur Anglistik/Amerikanistik), 18 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Whether at local, regional or national level, sport ist, after war, probably the principal means of collective identification in modern life. Max Horkheimer suggested that as modern civilization [is] threatened on all sides...sport has become a kind of world in itself [that] we should stake our hopes on. The kind of sport which, for centuries, a small but influential part of Britons has been staking their hopes on, is fox-hunting. Like all forms of hunting, fox hunting is a blood sport, i.e. the killing of wild animals as a form of sport. As such it is controversial. Animal welfare activists claim fox hunting to be an elitist and barbaric sport that should be banned; pro-hunters argue that it is an effective and humane method of controlling the fox population. Yet after all hunting is a part of British history and tradition - an intrinsic part of living in the countryside. The paper focuses on the history of fox-hunting in Britain, the ongoing controversity since 1940 and the Pros and Cons to this centuries-old British sport. In the last chapter, reactions and effects to the 2004 ban on fox hunting are named: Does the ban really mark the end of this traditional British sport?"
Hunting has taken place in Britain for more than 700,000 years... Exploring sites such as Creswell Crags, Chatsworth House, Stafford Castle, Cheddar Gorge and the New Forest, Hunting in Britain examines the role of hunting through time and considers how it shaped the landscape as we know it. Bringing together for the first time evidence from the Palaeolithic to the modern era, and studying both the archaeology and history of hunting, this book provides a fresh understanding of man's complex relationship with the natural world. Hunting has been a critical and inescapable thread running throughout the full length of human occupation of the British Isles and remains significant, if at times controversial, today.
The Act contains provisions to end the hunting of wild animals with dogs (except where it is carried out in accordance with the conditions of an exemption as specified in schedule 1); and to ban all hare coursing events. Following the use of the 1949 Parliament Act to pass this legislation, the Act received Royal Assent on 18/11/04 and will come into force three months from this date. Representatives of the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance have subsequently launched a legal challenge to the ban on hunting with hounds by seeking a judicial review by the High Court in London.
Whether you are traveling to Great Britain or just want to understand British popular culture, this unique dictionary will answer your questions. British English from A to Zed contains more than 5,500 British terms and their American equivalents, each with a short explanation of the term’s history and an example of its use. The appendixes provide valuable supplemental material with differences between British and American pronunciation, grammar, and spelling as well as terms grouped in specific areas such as currency, weight, and numbers. This dictionary will help you unravel the meanings of: • Berk (idiot) • Bevvied up (drunk) • Crisps (potato chips) • Erk (rookie) • To judder (to shake) • Noughts and crosses (tic-tac-toe) • And more! George Bernard Shaw famously said that the British and Americans were “two peoples separated by a common language.” This book bridges that gap.
From fine art paintings by such artists as Stubbs and Landseer to zoological illustrations and popular prints, a vast array of animal images was created in Britain during the century from 1750 to 1850. This highly original book investigates the rich meanings of these visual representations as well as the ways in which animals were actually used and abused. What Diana Donald discovers in this fascinating study is a deep and unresolved ambivalence that lies at the heart of human attitudes toward animals. The author brings to light dichotomies in human thinking about animals throughout this key period: awestruck with the beauty and spirit of wild animals, people nevertheless desired to capture and tame them; the belief that other species are inferior was firmly held, yet at the same time animals in stories and fables were given human attributes; though laws against animal cruelty were introduced, the overworking of horses and the allure of sport hunting persisted. Animals are central in cultural history, Donald concludes, and compelling questions about them--then and now--remain unanswered.
Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons
Publisher: The Stationery Office
This Bill contains provisions, applicable to England and Wales, i) to end the hunting of wild animals with dogs, except where it is carried out in accordance with the conditions of an exemption as specified in schedule 1; and ii) to ban all hare coursing events. The Bill is identical in substance to the Government Bill brought from the Commons on 10/07/2003 (HL Bill 95, session 2002-03; ISBN 0108404773) which was blocked in the House of Lords, but the Government has said it will use the Parliament Act to force this Bill into law, if necessary. The Bill is due to come into force three months after it receives Royal Assent. Although hare coursing will be banned immediately on commencement, it is thought likely the implementation of the ban on hunting with dogs will be delayed to take account of its implications for hunting-related employment and the dispersal or rehoming of dogs.
The Culture of Hunting in Canada covers elements of the history of hunting from the pre-colonial period until the present in all parts of Canada and features essays by practitioners and scholars of hunting and by pro- and anti-hunting lobbyists. The result crosses the boundaries between scholarship and personal reflection, and between academia and advocacy. Topics include hunting identities; conservation and its relationship to hunting; tensions between hunters and non-hunters and between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal hunting groups; hunting ethics; debates over hunting practices and regulations; animal rights; and gun control. This book makes an unprecedented contribution to the study of hunting in Canada and its role in our culture.
The story of the origins of the British and the Irish peoples, from the end of the last Ice Age around 10,000BC to the eve of the Norman Conquest - who they were, where they came from, and how they related to one another.
The Oxford History of Britain tells the story of Britain and its people over two thousand years, from the coming of the Roman legions to the present day. Encompassing political, social, economic, and cultural developments throughout the British Isles, the dramatic narrative is taken up in turn by ten leading historians who offer the fruits of the best modern scholarship to the general reader in an authoritative form. A vivid, sometimes surprising picture emerges of a continuous turmoil of change in every period, and the wider social context of political and economic tension is made clear. But consensus, no less than conflict, is a part of the story: in focusing on elements of continuity down the centuries, the authors bring out that special awareness of identity which has been such a distinctive feature of British society. By relating both these factors in the British experience, and by exploring the many ways in which Britain has shaped and been shaped by contact with Europe and the wider world, this landmark work brings the reader face to face with the past, and the foundations of modern British society. The new edition brings the story into the twenty-first century, covering the changes to British society and culture during the Blair years and the invasion of Iraq and its aftermath.
This book is the first comprehensive listing of British sports periodicals, beginning in 1727. Featuring information such as the publication’s title, years, frequency of issue, publisher, and general content, British Sporting Periodicals is a valuable reference tool for collectors and researchers.
The Five Hundred Villages that Made the Countryside
Author: Clive Aslet
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Villages of Britain is the history of the countryside, told through five hundred of its most noteworthy settlements. Many of Britain's villages are known for their loveliness, of course, but their role in shaping the nation over the centuries is relatively untold, drowned out by the metropolitan bias of history. A consummate storyteller, Clive Aslet deftly weaves the worlds of agriculture, politics, the arts, industry, folklore, science, ecology, fashion and religion into one irresistible volume. The Bedfordshire works that a century ago manufactured half a billion bricks a year; the Cheshire municipality striving to become the country's first carbon-neutral community; the Derbyshire estate where the cottages represent the gamut of European architecture; the Gloucestershire community founded by Tolstoyans, who still live by anarchic principles; the Leicestershire town where pub walls are embedded with Jurassic-era fossils; the Morayshire settlement where Hogmanay is celebrated eleven days late; the Pembrokeshire fishing hamlet that inspired Dylan Thomas; the Somerset village that was built on the back of the trade in Peruvian bird droppings; the Suffolk village that is rejecting modernity by reconstructing a windmill for grinding flour; the Surrey woodland that fosters Europe's most ancient trees - all these are places that have made a unique contribution to the narrative of this country. Follow Clive Aslet in visiting all five hundred villages, and you will have experienced the history of these islands from a uniquely rural perspective.