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On Foot: A History of Walking
 
 
Author
Joseph A. Amato.
Publisher NYU  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.2 x 6.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780814705025
Pages/Publication Date 333/2004
Daedalus Item Code 41803
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For approximately six million years, humans have walked the earth. In fact, walking has been the primary mode of locomotion until the very recent times when we began to sit and ride—first on horses and in carriages, then trains and bicycles, and finally cars, trucks, buses, and airplanes—rather than go on foot. The particular way we saunter, clomp, meander, shuffle, plod along, jaunt, tramp, and wander on foot conveys a wealth of information about our identity, condition, and destination. In this fast-stepping history, Joseph A. Amato takes us on a journey of walking, from the first human migrations to marching Roman legions and ancient Greeks who considered man a "featherless biped"; from trekking medieval pilgrims to strolling courtiers; from urban pavement pounders to ambling window shoppers to suburban walkers. Amato distinguishes how, where, when, who, what, and under which conditions people moved on foot, and identifies crucial transformations in the history of walking, including the adoption of the horse by the mounted warrior, the rise of public display among European nobility, and the building of roads and transportation systems that led to the inevitable ascent of the wheel over the foot.

"Joseph A. Amato has written a richly detailed and engaging account of walking times from ancient times to the present. His book explores the many modes and contests of human ambulation: marching, strolling, promenading, rambling, sauntering, commuting, to name just a few. Taking full account of the evolution of the city, shifting attitudes toward the countryside, and the role of class and labor in determining the value and meaning of walking, this book helps us to see a basic human activity as a complex cultural and historical phenomenon."—Roger Gilbert

 
 
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