The history of mules since 1400

British troops taking up supplies on a mule drawn light railway. Balkan Front, January, 1917. © IWM (Q 32725).
WarMule Thu, 22/05/2014 - 17:35

William Gervase Clarence-Smith is Professor of the Economic History of Asia and Africa at SOAS, University of London, and chief editor of the Journal of Global History (LSE and Cambridge University Press). He has published on the history of horses, mules, donkeys, camels, elephants, and bovids around the world, as traded commodities, military beasts, sporting champions, sources of symbolic power, origins of food and raw materials, transport animals, movers of agricultural and proto-industrial machinery, and bearers of disease. He is currently undertaking research for a global history of mules since circa 1400.

Recommended reading

Tylden, G. (1980) Horses and saddlery: an account of the animals used by the British and Commonwealth armies from the seventeenth century to the present day, with a description of their equipment. London: J. A. Allen & Co. (reprint of 1965 ed.)

Alexander, H. M. (1917) On two fronts: being the adventures of an Indian mule corps in France and Gallipoli. London: William Heinemann.

MacFetridge, C. H. T., and Warren, J. P., eds. (1973) Tales of the mountain gunners. Edinburgh: William Blackwood.

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