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From the Publisher"I read Matthew Johnson's Ideas of Landscape (Blackwell)with intense interest. It discusses the theory and practice oflandscape archaeology and the Romantic English landscape tradition,boldly taking on received opinion about figures such as Wordsworthand WG Hoskins, and making us think hard about what we can knowabout the past, why we want to know it, and how we may be misledabout it. It's an original, informative, and well-argued work,accessible to the general reader, and both worrying andilluminating."
—Margaret Drabble, Times Literary Supplement
“One might suggest that in this excellent work, Johnsonhas written an archaeology of knowledge concerning landscapestudies. A glossary and illustrations add meaningfully to a work ofmuch industry … Highly recommended.”(Choice)
"Ideas of Landscape is a challenging and accessiblecontribution to an expanding theoretical and historical field.Mobilizing the English topographical tradition of scholarship,centred on the writings of W.G. Hoskins, the book positions acritical understanding of landscape, as both culturalrepresentation and physical reality, at the centre of the study ofthe past and its meanings in the present." —StephenDaniels, Professor of Cultural Geography, University ofNottingham
"Matthew Johnson writes an archaeology of knowledge forlandscape studies. He enables us to know what to study next byknowing how the field was formed and the mistakes its practitionersmade. Both a deconstruction and a forecast, Johnson's volume rankswith the new books on race by Orser, on colonialism by Schrire, andwith his own foundational An Archaeology of Capitalism. Withthese books historical archaeology is mature." —Mark P.Leone, Professor of Anthropology, University of Maryland
“Ideas of Landscape is a toweringcontribution—shall we say, a high vantage point from which one cansurvey a scholarly landscape?” (Canadian Journal ofArchaeology)
"I have always found Johnson's work … Extremely inviting,engaging and thoughtful. Ideas of Landscape is no exception.The scope of his scholarship is impressive and he has a knack forpresenting it with flair, selecting colourful quotes and examplesto illustrate points." (Cambridge Archaeological Journal,October 2008)