The English Pig: A History by S. N. Mastoris, Robert Malcolmson (Paperback, 2001)

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Central to this entertaining study – and in striking contrast to today's pigs – is the 'cottage pig'. Bought as a piglet and cheaply fed, the family pig could be fattened up, slaughtered at first frost and provide meat through the winter. Looking back to this close, even affectionate, domestic relationship, the authors discuss the changing image of the pig and present a social history of pig-keeping during the period from around 1700 up to the early 20th century, showing how and why pigs mattered in the past and how they fitted into human society.
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