The Illustrated History of the Countryside
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- The Illustrated History of the Countryside
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A reworking of the author's longer book, The History of the Countryside, first published in 1986.
Why is the British and Irish countryside as it is? What combination of man and nature has produced it so? What can we read about the past from the current landscape?
The ordinary landscape of Britain and Ireland has been made by the natural world and by human activities, interacting with each other over 140 centuries.
The countryside records human default as well as design, and much of it has a life of its own, independent of human activity.
Most of this book is about the 'semi-natural' areas that are neither virgin vegetation nor planted crops
With features such as ponds and hedges, difficult to say where Nature stops and human activity begins