History, Asian Studies Short copy: From antiquity to the nineteenth century, the royal hunt was a vital component of the political cultures of the Middle East, India, Central Asia, and China.
Preface 1. Hunting Histories -World Histories and the World of Animals -Pursuing Protein -Pursuing Profit -Pursuing Power -This Hunting History 2. Field and Stream -Who Hunted? -Where Did They Hunt? -How Often Did They Hunt? -How Did They Hunt? -On What Scale Did They Hunt? 3. Parks -The Paradise and Its Antecedents -Hunting Parks at the Core and on the Periphery -Hunting Parks in East Asia -The Purposes of Paradise 4. Partners -Animals Assistants -Dogs -Birds -Elephants -Cats 5. Administration -Hunting Establishments -Success and Safety -Careers -Costs 6. Conservation -Killing and Sparing -Game Management -Cultural Constraints -Species Endangered -Natural Attitudes 7. A Measure of Men -Hunting and Hierarchy -Princely Virtues -Courting Danger -Publicizing Prowess 8. Political Animals -Power of Animals -Power over Animals 9. Legitimation -Animals and Ideology -Threat -Animal Control Officer -State and Nature 10. Circulation -On the Road -Pursuing Pleasure -Favors -The Court Out-of-Doors 11. Intimidation -Initiating Warriors -Imitating War -Intimating War -Initiating War 12. Internationalization -Traffic in Animals -Dogs -Birds -Elephants -Cats -Traffic in Trainers 13. Conclusions -History Wide -History Deep Notes Abbreviations and Sources Modern Scholarship Index Acknowledgments