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Man and Horse in the Turmoil of Battle. Place of Horses in the War Experiences of First World War Soldiers
Hunčovská, Barbora ; Šedivý, Ivan (advisor) ; Hutečka, Jiří (referee)
This master's thesis builds on the author's bachelor thesis and advances one of its fields - the relationship of First World War soldiers towards the war horses and the perception of these animals. The broad scale of soldiers' and horses' relations is studied primarily through the analysis of biographical documents produced by soldiers of Czech, British and French origin. Written primary sources are complemented by visual sources such as photographs, illustrations and postcards. In analysing the soldiers' relations towards their war horses, the following questions are asked: How exactly did they relate to the horses, which factors shaped and altered their relationships? How significant the presence and proximity of an animal was for the soldiers on the battlefield and what forms did their everyday coexistence take? How did the soldiers view the engagement of horses in warfare and how did they bear the horses' suffering? What was the contemporary portrayal and discourse of war horses? The thesis attempts at a wider overlap by incorporating the sociocultural and anthropological aspects of the human- horse relationship and inserting them into the historical framework.
An Animal on the Battlefield of First World War: Horses and Transport Animals
Hunčovská, Barbora ; Šedivý, Ivan (advisor) ; Kopeček, Michal (referee)
The aim of this thesis is in part to fill the gap that exists in the Czech historiography regarding the use of horses and other transport animals in the First World War. It follows the experience of draught, pack and mounted animals in this war, from its very beginnings to the end, and tries to answer these questions: how were these animals used, what did they have to go through and encounter on the battlefield and what care they were provided. This thesis combines the use of historical sources of both administrative and personal nature with the knowledge and observations gained from the field of horse ethology. It also addresses in detail the relationship between fighting men and their horses and tries to paint the picture of the role of war horses in the representation and memory of the First World War.

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