1st Edition

The Landscape of Britain

By Michael Reed Copyright 1990

    The Landscape of Britain has a uniquely rich historical diversity. In this book explains the processes at work in the evolution of the landscape, pointing out examples of surviving evidence from the past. The landscape of late twentieth-century Britain is the end product of some ten thousand years of human effort directed not only towards satisfying basic physical needs for food and shelter, but also towards expressing profound spiritual and intellectual aspirations, whether by means of burial mounds or churches, schools or monasteries. The author shows how each generation makes its own individual contribution without being able entirely to erase those of its predecessors, however remote or distant in time.

    Note on radio-carbon dates in Chapters 1 and 2 Introduction Part I Foundations 1 The land of Britain 2 The first men 3 Roman Britain Part II Medieval Britain 4 People: English, Scots, and Welsh 5 Places: fields and farms, villages and towns 6 Ideas: the church in the landscape Part III Towards the modern world 7 Early modern Britain 8 Georgian Britain 9 Victorian Britain


    Michael Reed

    'A major work in its field and highly recommended for all students of landscape history.' - Geography