Invention of the Park: Recreational Landscapes from the Garden of Eden to Disney's Magic Kingdom / Edition 1

Invention of the Park: Recreational Landscapes from the Garden of Eden to Disney's Magic Kingdom / Edition 1

by John Wills, Karen R. Jones
     
 

ISBN-10: 074563138X

ISBN-13: 9780745631387

Pub. Date: 07/28/2005

Publisher: Wiley

The word ‘park’ conjures a kaleidoscope of bucolic images. Childhood frolics in urban playgrounds. Strolls through the country estates of Stourhead and Versailles. Wilderness adventures in the Serengeti. White-knuckle thrill rides at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Coney Island. The Invention of the Park explores our fascination with making parks. In a

Overview

The word ‘park’ conjures a kaleidoscope of bucolic images. Childhood frolics in urban playgrounds. Strolls through the country estates of Stourhead and Versailles. Wilderness adventures in the Serengeti. White-knuckle thrill rides at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Coney Island. The Invention of the Park explores our fascination with making parks. In a broad-ranging environmental and social history, authors Karen Jones and John Wills search for a common set of ideas that inform park design. From Greek philosophers wandering sacred groves in the ancient world to today's kids watching Mickey Mouse in Disney's Magic Kingdom, the park has inspired and thrilled in equal measure. In a work spanning all five continents and several thousand years, Jones and Wills chart the evolution of the park idea. They ponder the intersection of the green pleasure ground with notions of democracy and freedom, welfare and consumption, conservation and nature. They forward the principle of a universal park idea malleable enough to survive war and revolution.

Contributing to a growing literature on global environmental history, the Invention of the Park explores how the park idea has come to transcend national boundaries and found appeal among a worldwide audience. Jones and Wills situate the park as a complex product of natural and cultural forces. Their work is of interest not just to students and scholars of environmental philosophy, history, and landscape design, but to amateur gardeners, rollercoaster ‘adrenalin junkies’ and all those who like to take a ‘walk in the park.'

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745631387
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Defining the Park1
1From Ancient Groves to Versailles9
2The English Landscape Park25
3The City Park: Bringing the Country to the Metropolis37
4Nature and Recreation in the National Park64
5Amusement Parks and Theme Parks92
6Trapping Nature in the Animal Park127
7Expanding the Park Experience145
Conclusion: The Park Ideal from Paradise to Utopia168
Notes177
A Guide to Further Reading190
Bibliography195
Index206

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