Looking for resources on the history of domestication through the 20th century from world history lens

Hunter Moyler's picture

Hello, all,

I'm fresh off reading Richard Bulliet's Hunters, Herders, and Hamburgers: The Past and Future of Human-Animal Relations. I was particularly fascinated by Bulliet's later chapters, which cover what he terms the "postdomestic" attitude that has gripped industrialized, often Anglophone, countries like the United States and the United Kingdom. A postdomestic society, according to Bulliet, is one in which the majority of the populace reaps the benefits of animal products (like meat and leather) but does not see firsthand how those products are made (as in the slaughter and skinning of said animals).

Bulliet's book hinges around this concept, although he himself does not devote most of the text to explaining how postdomestic societies arrived at their present state. I'm interested to see if anyone has any resources, written from a global history perspective (especially since many of these rich countries derive their wealth from imperialist policy) that delve into how domestication in industrialized countries got to the point where animal exploitation can be carried out on such a large scale but still be virtually invisible to the majority of the population.

Thank you!