Ideology and Landscape in Historical Perspective: Essays on the Meanings of some Places in the Past

Ideology and Landscape in Historical Perspective: Essays on the Meanings of some Places in the Past

by Alan R. H. Baker
     
 

Landscapes of material are also landscapes of meaning: praxis is itself symbolic, and all landscapes are symbolic in practice. Ideology and landscape in historical perspective draws together fifteen historical geographers to examine landscapes as messages to be decoded, as signs to be deciphered. The range of examples is wide in terms of period, from the medieval to… See more details below

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Landscapes of material are also landscapes of meaning: praxis is itself symbolic, and all landscapes are symbolic in practice. Ideology and landscape in historical perspective draws together fifteen historical geographers to examine landscapes as messages to be decoded, as signs to be deciphered. The range of examples is wide in terms of period, from the medieval to the modern, and of place, embracing the USA, Canada, Palestine, Israel, South Africa, India, Singapore, France and Germany. Each essay addresses a specific problem, but collectively they are principally concerned with the ideologies of religion and of politics, of church and state, and their historical impress upon landscapes. The book is introduced by an essay which explores the dialectical understanding of landscapes, and landscapes as expressions of the connection of an ideology to a quest for order, to an assertion of authority and to a prospect of totalization. The issues raised by landscapes and their meanings - issues of individual and collective action, of objective and subjective knowing, of materialist and idealist explanation - are fundamental not only to historical geography but to any humanistic study, and render the geographical study of landscapes of interest to scholars in many disciplines.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521024709
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography Series, #18
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of contributors
Preface
Introduction: on ideology and landscape1
1Ideology and landscape in early printed maps of Jerusalem15
2Ideological contexts and the reconstruction of Biblical landscapes in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries: Dr Edward Wells and the historical geography of the Holy Land31
3Land-God-man: concepts of land ownership in traditional cultures in Eretz-Israel63
4Religious ideology and landscape formation: the case of the German Templars in Eretz-Israel83
5Planned temple towns and Brahmin villages as spatial expressions of the ritual politics of medieval kingdoms in South India107
6Territorial strategies applied to captive peoples125
7Ideology and landscape of settler colonialism in Virginia and Dutch South Africa: a comparative analysis137
8Municipal sanitary ideology and the control of the urban environment in colonial Singapore148
9Ideology and the landscape of British Palestine, 1918-1929173
10Ideology, identity, landscape and society in the lower colonies of British North America, 1840-1860197
11Interpreting a nation's identity: artists as creators of national consciousness230
12Collective consciousness and the local landscape: national ideology and the commune council of Mesland (Loir-et-Cher) as landscape architect during the nineteenth century255
13A contrast of Old World ideology: Germans and Scotch-Irish in the Ozarks289
14Ideology in the planned order upon the land: the example of Germany303
15Parading: a lively tradition in early Victorian Toronto330
Index352

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