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The English Rural Landscape

The English Rural Landscape

  • Author: Joan Thirsk
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: History
  • Page: 352
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From pre-history to the present day our landscape has been transformed by dramatic human disturbance, triggered by the rise and fall of populations and their need to be fed, housed, and employed. These changes have built-up layers of evidence which today present historians with exciting new insights about land use and rural communities of the past. In this groundbreaking new study Joan Thirsk and her team of distinguished contributors, many of whom live in the very landscape they so intimately describe, invite us to explore the historical richness of the English landscape. Each chapter synthesizes the very latest thinking and provides fresh perspectives on its specific subject. The first ten chapters in turn describe the characteristic features of the main regional landscape types, including fenlands, downlands, woodlands, marshlands, and moorlands, showing that, however physically scattered they may be, they have been moulded by successive generations to produce many uniting similarities.

The English Rural Community

The English Rural Community

Image and Analysis

  • Author: Brian Short
  • Publisher: CUP Archive
  • ISBN: 9780521405676
  • Category: History
  • Page: 239
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This book examines the English rural community, past and present, in its variety and dynamism. The distinguished team of contributors brings a variety of disciplinary perspectives to bear upon the central issues of movement and migration; the farm family and rural labour force; the development of contrasting rural communities; the portrayal of rural labour in both 'high' and popular culture; the changing nature of religious practice in the English countryside; the rural/urban fringe, and the spread of notions of a rural English arcadia within a predominantly urban society. Fully illustrated with accompanying maps, paintings and photographs, The English Rural Community provides an important and innovative overview of a subject where history, myth and debate are inseparably entwined. A full bibliography will assist a broad range of general readers and students of social history, historical geography and development studies approaching the subject for the first time, and the whole should establish itself as the central analytical account in an area where image and reality are notoriously hard to unravel.

Rural England

Rural England

An Illustrated History of the Landscape

  • Author: Joan Thirsk
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 9780198606192
  • Category: History
  • Page: 352
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From prehistory to the present day, our landscape has been transformed by successive periods of human activity, triggered by the rise and fall of populations and their need to be fed, housed, and employed. These changes have built up layers of evidence which offer historians exciting insights into land use through the centuries and how rural communities of the past lived their lives. In this ground-breaking study - published in hardback as The English Rural Landscape and now available in paperback - Joan Thirsk and her team of distinguished contributors, many of whom live in the places they describe, invite us to explore the historical richness of the English landscape. Each chapter synthesizes the latest thinking and provides fresh perspectives on its subject. It is the first book since W. G. Hoskins' definitive study The Making of the English Landscape, published nearly 50 years ago, to do so. The first ten chapters describe the characteristic features of the main landscape types, including fenland, downland, woodland, marshland, and moorland. However geographically scattered areas of a particular landscape type are, they have often been moulded by successive generations in ways that have produced strong physical similarities. The second part of the book is made up of five cameo features, each exploring an individual place in detail: the people and the distinctive histories that shaped them. These include the Land Settlement experimental village of FenDrayton, set up during the Great Depression in the 1930s, and surveys of the very different settlements of Hook Norton in North Oxfordshire and Staintondale in North Yorkshire. Rural England: A History of the Landscape shows us how much of the rural past is still visible if we choose to dig for it. It illustrates how we might go about exploring it for ourselves. It is the definitive work on the history of the English landscape for all would-be landscape and local history detectives, professional and amateur alike.

Region and Place

Region and Place

A Study of English Rural Settlement

  • Author: Brian K. Roberts,Stuart Wrathmell
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: History
  • Page: 206
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Using the data presented in their companion volume, An Atlas of Rural Settlement in England (2000), the authors offer preliminary explorations of some of the patterns revealed by comparing their new maps with the distribution of other types of landscape elements, archaeological sites and building styles. These two studies represent the culmination of a decade of research for English Heritage's Monuments Protection Programme. The Atlas defines the varied regional character of England's rural settlement and the former distribution of cleared land, wooded land and open pastures, a quilt with origins dating from one or two thousand years ago or more. This volume explores some of the complex interactions and negotiations between the physical and cultural factors that underlie both national patterns and local and regional contrasts. A companion volume to An Atlas of rural settlement in England (2000, 1850747709).

The English Countryside

The English Countryside

Representations, Identities, Mutations

  • Author: David Haigron
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 3319532731
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 218
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This collection of essays examines representations of the English countryside and its mutations, and what they reveal about a nation’s, communities’ or individuals’ search for identity – and fear of losing it. Based on a pluridisciplinary approach and a variety of media, this book challenges the view that the English countryside is an apolitical space characterised by permanence and lack of conflict. It analyses how the pastoral motif is actually subverted to explore liminal spaces and temporalities. The authors deconstruct the “rural idyll” myth to show how it plays a distinctive and yet ambiguous part in defining Englishness/Britishness. A must read for both scholars and students interested in British rural and cultural history, media and literature.

The English Landscape in the Twentieth Century

The English Landscape in the Twentieth Century

  • Author: Trevor Rowley
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 9781852853884
  • Category: History
  • Page: 472
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Trevor Rowley's new study is a highly topical account of the changes that have taken place and that continue to take place on the country around us.

Estates and the English countryside

Estates and the English countryside

  • Author: J. H. Bettey
  • Publisher: B T Batsford Ltd
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 160
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Custom and Commercialisation in English Rural Society

Custom and Commercialisation in English Rural Society

Revisiting Tawney and Postan

  • Author: J. Bowen,A. Brown
  • Publisher: Univ of Hertfordshire Press
  • ISBN: 1909291633
  • Category: History
  • Page: 288
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English rural society underwent fundamental changes between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries with urbanization, commercialization and industrialization producing new challenges and opportunities for inhabitants of rural communities. However, our understanding of this period has been shaped by the compartmentalization of history into medieval and early-modern specialisms and by the debates surrounding the transition from feudalism to capitalism and landlord-tenant relations. Inspired by the classic works of Tawney and Postan, this collection of essays examines their relevance to historians today, distinguishing between their contrasting approaches to the pre-industrial economy and exploring the development of agriculture and rural industry; changes in land and property rights; and competition over resources in the English countryside.

Modernity and the English Rural Novel

Modernity and the English Rural Novel

  • Author: Dominic Head
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1108158323
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: N.A
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This book examines the persistence of the rural tradition in the English novel into the twentieth century. In the shadow of metropolitan literary culture, rural writing can seem to strive for a fantasy version of England with no compelling social or historical relevance. Dominic Head argues that the apparent disconnection is, in itself, a response to modernity rather than a refusal to engage with it, and that the important writers in this tradition have had a significant bearing on the trajectory of English cultural life through the twentieth century. At the heart of the discussion is the English rural regional novel of the 1920s and 1930s, which reveals significant points of overlap with mainstream literary culture and the legacies of modernism. Rural writers refashioned the conventions of the tradition and the effects of literary nostalgia, to produce the swansong of a fading genre with resonances that are still relevant today.

The English Countryside Between the Wars

The English Countryside Between the Wars

Regeneration Or Decline?

  • Author: Paul Brassley,Jeremy Burchardt,Lynne Thompson
  • Publisher: Boydell Press
  • ISBN: 9781843832645
  • Category: History
  • Page: 270
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A revisionist look at the true state of rural England between the two world wars.

Transforming English Rural Society

Transforming English Rural Society

The Verneys and the Claydons, 1600–1820

  • Author: John Broad
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9781139451888
  • Category: History
  • Page: N.A
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Between 1540 and 1920 the English elite transformed the countryside and landscape by building up landed estates which were concentrated around their country houses. John Broad's study of the Verney family of Middle Claydon in Buckinghamshire demonstrates two sides of that process. Charting the family's rise to wealth impelled by a strong dynastic imperative, Broad shows how the Verneys sought out heiress marriages to expand wealth and income. In parallel, he shows how the family managed its estates to maximize income and transformed three local village communities, creating a pattern of 'open' and 'closed' villages familiar to nineteenth-century commentators. Based on the formidable Verney family archive with its abundant correspondence, this book also examines the world of poor relief, farming families as well as strategies for estate expansion and social enhancement. It will appeal to anyone interested in the English countryside as a dynamic force in social and economic history.

Medieval Villages in an English Landscape

Medieval Villages in an English Landscape

Beginnings and Ends

  • Author: Richard Jones,Mark Page
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: History
  • Page: 270
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The village one of the keystones of the English rural landscape - has a powerful hold on the imagination. The origin of nucleated and dispersed settlements - the countryside of villages and the countryside of hamlets has consequently become a central concern of landscape historians. Between AD 500 and 1700, a series of revolutions transformed the structure of the South West Peninsulas rural landscape. The book tells the story of these changes, and also explores how people experienced the landscape in which they lived: how they came to imbue places with symbolic and cultural meaning. Contributors include: Ralph Fyfe on the pollen evidence of landscape change; Sam Turner on the Christian landscape; Peter Herring on both strip fields and Brown Willy, Bodmin Moor; Oliver Creighton and J. P. Freeman on castles; Phil Newman on tin working; Lucy Franklin on folklore and imagined landscapes.

English Rural Life

English Rural Life

Village Activities, Organizations and Institutions

  • Author: H. E. Bracey
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1136257187
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 288
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First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Idleness, Indolence and Leisure in English Literature

Idleness, Indolence and Leisure in English Literature

  • Author: M. Fludernik,M. Nandi
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 1137404000
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 309
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Idleness, Indolence and Leisure in English Literature is the first study to provide transhistorical perspectives and cutting-edge critical analyses of debates concerning idleness in English literature. The topicality of the subject is emphasized by two pieces of sociological analysis.

Landscape and Englishness

Landscape and Englishness

  • Author: Robert Burden,Stephan Kohl
  • Publisher: Rodopi
  • ISBN: 9042021020
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 266
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In the papers collected in this, the first volume of the Spatial Practices series, Englishness is reflected in the spaces it occupies or dwells in. Broadly influenced by a renewed and growing interest in questions of cultural identity, its emergence in Victorian theories and fictions of nationality, and the new cultural geography, the papers cover a rich variety of spaces and places which have been appropriated for cultural meanings: the rural countryside and farmland of the Home Counties in the early nineteenth century as Arcadian idyll in Cobbett, as the land to die for in war propaganda, and as nostalgia for a unified, organic English culture in Lawrence, Morton and Priestley's travel writing, but also in the Shell Tourist Guides to motoring in rural England; English moorland; the sacred geographies of monuments in Hardy and others; the traditional seaside deconstructed in Martin Parr's photography, and the sea as English Victorian imperial territory and its symbolic breezes in Froude's travel writing. The English landscape is also a paradigm for the description of other places in D. H. Lawrence's travel writing or for the colonial territory itself in Rushdie's writing India, a displacement of other landscapes. This collection of papers examines the assumption that constructions of rural England provide the basis for an understanding of Englishness.

The Changing English Countryside, 1400-1700

The Changing English Countryside, 1400-1700

  • Author: Leonard Cantor
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1351730193
  • Category: History
  • Page: 202
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The period covered by this book, first published in 1987, was an important one for the rural landscape in England. The author describes and analyses the evolution of the countryside during the years which witnessed the gradual disappearance of the medieval landscape and the introduction of new farming methods and industrial techniques, thus laying the foundation for the radical changes that were to transform the English countryside in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The main features of the countryside are dealt with fully and examples are given of their remains which can still be identified in the landscape today.

Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows

A Children's Classic at 100

  • Author: Jackie C. Horne,Donna R. White
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press
  • ISBN: 9780810872592
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 302
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In Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows: A Children's Classic at 100, editors Jackie C. Horne and Donna R. White have assembled a collection of essays that look at the book in terms of class, gender and nationality, as well as its construction of heteronormative masculinity, the very English novel's appeal to Chinese readers, and the meaning of a text in which animals can be human-like, pets, servants, and even food.

Seeking Sustainability in an Age of Complexity

Seeking Sustainability in an Age of Complexity

  • Author: Graham Harris
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521695329
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 366
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Seeking Sustainability in an Age of Complexity explains the difficulties of sustainability and why 'collapse' can occur. In the last twenty years the theory of complexity has been developed - complex systems science (CSS) speaks to natural systems and particularly to ecological, social and economic systems and their interaction. Due to the growing concern over the huge changes occurring in the global environment, such as climate change, deforestation, habitat fragmentation and loss of biodiversity, Graham Harris sets out what has been learned in an attempt to understand the implications of these changes and suggests ways to move forward. This book discusses a number of emerging tools for the management of 'unruly' complexity which facilitate stronger regional dialogues about knowledge and values, which will be of interest to ecologists, sociologists, economists, natural resource managers and scientists in State and local governments and those involved in water and landscape management.

The Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste

The Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Country life
  • Page: N.A
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Landscape, Liberty and Authority

Landscape, Liberty and Authority

Poetry, Criticism and Politics from Thomson to Wordsworth

  • Author: Tim Fulford
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 052102742X
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 272
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Eighteenth-century landscape description formed part of a larger debate over the nature of liberty and authority which was vital to a Britain newly defining its nationhood in a period of growing imperial power and rapid economic change. Tim Fulford examines landscape description in the writings of Thomson, Cowper, Johnson, Gilpin, Repton, Wordsworth, Coleridge and others, revealing tensions that arose as writers struggled for authority over the public sphere and sought to redefine the nature of that authority. In his investigation of poetry and political and aesthetic writing, Dr Fulford throws light on the legacy of Commonwealth and Country-party ideas of liberty. Also discussed are the significance of the Miltonic sublime, the politics of the picturesque and the post-colonial encounter of the Scottish tour. Dr Fulford goes on to show how the early radicalism and later conservatism of Wordsworth and Coleridge were shaped, in part, by eighteenth-century literary political and literary authorities. His study offers an understanding of literary and political influence that cuts across conventional periodization, finding new links between the early eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.