From its earliest origins to the present day, Oliver Rackham describes the endlessly changing character of Britain's countryside. Exploring the natural and man-made features of the land - fields, highways, hedgerows, fens, marshes, rivers, heaths, coasts, woods and wood pastures - he shows conclusively and unforgettably how they have developed over the centuries. In doing so, he covers a wealth of related subjects to provide a fascinating account of the sometimes subtle and sometimes radical ways in which people, fauna, flora, climate, soils and other physical conditions have played their part in the shaping of the countryside. 'One thing is certain: no one would be wise to write further on our natural history, or to make films about it, without thinking very hard about what is contained in these authoritative pages' Country Life 'A classic of scholarship and imagination...A monumental work, but it is written with humanity, dignity, concern and a great deal of humour' Times Educational Supplement
The Classic History of Britain's Landscape, Flora and Fauna
Author: Oliver Rackham
THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE COUNTRYSIDE tells the many-layered story of the British landscape. Oliver Rackham shows, with passion and humour, how to read our surroundings; the past - even the medieval past - lives around us. Adapted from his classic work THE HISTORY OF THE COUNTRYSIDE this illustrated edition combines Dr Rackham's wisdom and eloquence with the finest landscape photography, vividly exposing the splendour and secrets of our countryside. At the heart of the book are eight of the author's walks within areas of natural beauty; Dr Rackham proves an engaging and informative guide to some of Britain's best loved places, as well as offering practical advice on landscape detection techniques. With over 100 colour illustrations THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE COUNTRYSIDE contains a wealth of knowledge invaluable to our appreciation of our greatest asset - our natural heritage.
Author: Oliver Rackham,Tom Mackie
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson Limited
The romantic imagery of "village England" and the prominence that this commands in English cultural identity is well known. Yet just how accurate is this notion of the rural idyll in which the organic nature of village life was gradually undermined, and destroyed, by social and economic factors? Trevor Wild explores the evolution of village England from earliest times until the present. Drawing upon both contemporary accounts and recent scholarship he provides a revealing account of the major transformations affecting the evolution of the English village. Of particular interest is the book's coverage of the more recent past, with the whittling away of the great estates, the appearance of such institutions as the village hall, and the development of alternative systems of power such as the councils. In a final chapter the author urges for an inclusive approach to village history in which all groups of people have played a part and every building--not just the picturesque cottage, ancient church and squire's mansion--has significance..
A Social History of the Countryside
Author: Trevor Wild
Alun Howkins' panoramic survey is a social history of rural England and Wales in the twentieth century. He examines the impact of the First World War, the role of agriculture throughout the century, and the expectations of the countryside that modern urban people harbour. Howkins analyzes the role of rural England as a place for work as well as leisure, and the problems caused by these often conflicting roles. This overview will be welcomed by anyone interested in agricultural and social history, historical geographers, and all those interested in rural affairs.
A Social History of the Countryside Since 1900
Author: Alun Howkins
This study examines the scale and nature of the twentieth-century British outdoor movement, showing how recreational development was more than an interwar "craze" or a reaction against the consequences of industrialization and urbanization. It emphasizes the social and political significance of a peculiarly British phenomenon-one which has made, and is still making, a substantial contribution to the growth of leisure facilities and countryside planning.
a history of the British outdoor movement
Author: Harvey Taylor
Publisher: Edinburgh Univ Pr
a natural history of the countryside
Author: Andrew Cooper
Publisher: David & Charles Publishers
Category: Natural history
Villages of Britain is the history of the countryside, told through five hundred of its most noteworthy settlements. Many of Britain's villages are known for their loveliness, of course, but their role in shaping the nation over the centuries is relatively untold, drowned out by the metropolitan bias of history. A consummate storyteller, Clive Aslet deftly weaves the worlds of agriculture, politics, the arts, industry, folklore, science, ecology, fashion and religion into one irresistible volume. The Bedfordshire works that a century ago manufactured half a billion bricks a year; the Cheshire municipality striving to become the country's first carbon-neutral community; the Derbyshire estate where the cottages represent the gamut of European architecture; the Gloucestershire community founded by Tolstoyans, who still live by anarchic principles; the Leicestershire town where pub walls are embedded with Jurassic-era fossils; the Morayshire settlement where Hogmanay is celebrated eleven days late; the Pembrokeshire fishing hamlet that inspired Dylan Thomas; the Somerset village that was built on the back of the trade in Peruvian bird droppings; the Suffolk village that is rejecting modernity by reconstructing a windmill for grinding flour; the Surrey woodland that fosters Europe's most ancient trees - all these are places that have made a unique contribution to the narrative of this country. Follow Clive Aslet in visiting all five hundred villages, and you will have experienced the history of these islands from a uniquely rural perspective.
The Five Hundred Villages that Made the Countryside
Author: Clive Aslet
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
'A masterly account...of supreme interest...a classic of recorded field work and meticulous scholarship' Country Life Long accepted as the best work on the subject, Oliver Rackham's book is both a comprehensive history of Britain's woodland and a field-work guide that presents trees individually and as part of the landscape. From prehistoric times, through the Roman period and into the Middle Ages, Oliver Rackham describes the changing character, role and history of trees and woodland. He concludes this definitive study with a section on the conservation and future of Britain's trees, woodlands and hedgerows. 'As an aid to understanding the landscape I haven't found its equal' New Scientist
The Complete History of Britain's Trees, Woods & Hedgerows
Author: Oliver Rackham
Author: Zygmunt Józef Przychodzeń,Katarzyna Bogacka
More than a century and a half after its founding, the Iowa State Fair is the state s central institution, event, and symbol. During its annual run each August, the fair attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors who make the pilgrimage to the fairground to see the iconic butter cow, to ride the Old Mill, to walk through the livestock barns, and to people-watch. At the same time that they enjoy fried candy bars and roller coasters, Iowans also compete to raise the best corn and zucchinis, to make the best jams and jellies, to rear the finest sheep and goats, the largest cattle and hogs, and the handsomest horses. This tension between entertainment and agriculture goes back all the way to the fair s founding in the mid-1800s, as historian Chris Rasmussen shows in this thought-provoking history. The fair s founders had lofty aims: they sought to improve agriculture and foster a distinctively democratic American civilization. But from the start these noble intentions jostled up against people s desire to have fun and make money, honestly or otherwise not least because the fair had to pay for itself. In short, the Iowa State Fair has as much to tell us about human nature and American history as it does about growing corn. "
The History of the Iowa State Fair
Author: Chris Rasmussen
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Challenges received wisdom about the relationship between Catholics and Nazis
A Social History of the Nazi Party in South Germany
Author: Oded Heilbronner
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
This volume represents one of the first efforts to harvest the rapidly emerging scholarship in the field of American rural history. Building on the insights and methodologies that social historians have directed toward urban life, the contributors explore
Essays in the Social History of Rural America
Author: Steven Hahn,Jonathan Prude
Publisher: UNC Press Books
"Describes daily life in the countryside of England during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901), from the poor, to the middle classes, to the upper classes"--Provided by publisher.
Author: Virginia Schomp
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Das Leben auf dem Land – packend und authentisch erzählt James Rebanks’ Familie lebt seit Generationen im englischen Hochland, dem Lake District. Die Lebensweise ist seit Jahrhunderten von den Jahreszeiten und Arbeitsabläufen bestimmt. Im Sommer werden die Schafe auf die kahlen Berge getrieben und das Heu geerntet; im Herbst folgen die Handelsmessen, wo die Herden aufgestockt werden, im Winter der Kampf, dass die Schafe am Leben bleiben, und im Frühjahr schließlich die Erleichterung, wenn die Lämmer geboren und die Tiere wieder in die Berge getrieben werden können. James Rebanks erzählt von einer archaischen Landschaft, von der tiefen Verwurzelung an einen Ort. In eindrucksvoll klarer Prosa schildert er den Jahresablauf in der Arbeit eines Hirten, bietet uns einen einzigartigen Einblick in das ländliche Leben. Er schreibt auch von den Menschen, die ihm nahe stehen, Menschen mit großer Beharrlichkeit, obwohl sich die Welt um sie herum vollständig verändert hat.
Author: James Rebanks
Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Material from The Agrarian History of England and Wales, in paperback with new introductions.
Author: Joan Thirsk,M. W. Barley,Maurice Willmore Barley
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book moves rural history into explorations of modern politics: diverse rural peoples and their complex relationships to the American state in the twentieth century.
Political Histories of Rural America
Author: Catherine McNicol Stock,Robert D. Johnston
Publisher: Cornell University Press
This new book in the series of Practical Handbooks from the Council for British Archaeology tackles the subject of the historic landscape. In it, Stephen Rippon reveals the techniques that can and have been used to analyse the history of the countryside, accompanied by a series of case studies. The book is a guide to local and regional variation in the countryside and the approaches and methods used to reach an understanding of it, as well as a discussion of how and why certain patterns have emerged. Physical components of the landscape, such as settlement patterns, field systems, woodland and open water, are discussed along with more conceptual issues; for example, exchange and trade, status and power, designed or ornamental landscapes and the importance of a sense of place. Case studies from Dartmoor, Essex, Somerset, Lancashire and Cornwall illustrate the points clearly and succinctly, showing historical landscape analysis in action.
Deciphering the Countryside
Author: Stephen Rippon
Publisher: Council for British Archeology
Category: Social Science
"A social history of Elizabethan England, focusing on life on the farms and in the villages of rural England during the reign (1558-1603) of the famous monarch"--Provided by publisher.
Author: Kathryn Hinds
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction