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People, Land and Time: An Historical Introduction to the Relations Between Landscape, Culture and Environment [NOOK Book]

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This major new text provides an introduction to the interaction of culture and society with the landscape and environment. It offers a broad-based view of this theme by drawing upon the varied traditions of landscape interpretation, from the traditional cultural geography of scholars such as Carl Sauer to the 'new' cultural geography which has emerged in the 1990s. The book comprises three major, interwoven strands. First, fundamental factors such as environmental change and population pressure are addressed in ...
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People, Land and Time: An Historical Introduction to the Relations Between Landscape, Culture and Environment

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Overview

This major new text provides an introduction to the interaction of culture and society with the landscape and environment. It offers a broad-based view of this theme by drawing upon the varied traditions of landscape interpretation, from the traditional cultural geography of scholars such as Carl Sauer to the 'new' cultural geography which has emerged in the 1990s. The book comprises three major, interwoven strands. First, fundamental factors such as environmental change and population pressure are addressed in order to sketch the contextual variables of landscapes production. Second, the evolution of the humanised landscape is discussed in terms of processes such as clearing wood, the impact of agriculture, the creation of urban-industrial complexes, and is also treated in historical periods such as the pre-industrial, the modern and the post-modern. From this we can see the cultural and economic signatures of human societies at different times and places. Finally, examples of landscape types are selected in order to illustrate the ways in which landscape both represents and participates in social change.



The authors use a wide range of source material, ranging from place-names and pollen diagrams to literature and heritage monuments. Superbly illustrated throughout, it is essential reading for first-year undergraduates studying historical geography, human geography, cultural geography or landscape history.
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An impressive breadth of vision, knowledge and abundant enthusiasm for seeking to unravel the complexities of people/environment relations collectively underpin this book. Through its careful organisation, comparative approaches and its lively text and varied illustrations, this book should appeal to undergraduates following introductory and cross-disciplinary courses.
Geographical Journal (RGS)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134635115
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/12/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 15 MB
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Meet the Author

Peter Atkins, Ian Simmons and Brian Roberts are Professors in the Department of Geography at the University of Durham, UK.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Pt. 1 The Pre-Industrial World 1
1 Hunters and Gatherers 3
2 The Origins and Spread of Agriculture 13
3 Early Urbanization and the Hydraulic Environment 27
4 Resources, Population and Sustainability 40
5 Environmental Degradation and the Collapse of Civilizations 53
6 Sustainable Resource Management in Pre-industrial Societies 63
7 Large-scale Landscape Modification: Pays and Pre-industrial Planning 77
8 Clearing the Wood 93
9 The Control of Water 104
10 Landscapes on the Margin: Deserts, Hillslopes, Heath, Moor and Grassland 119
Pt. 2 The Transition to Modernity 131
11 Feudal Landscapes 133
12 Urbanization and Proto-industrialization 148
Pt. 3 The Modern Era 161
13 The Impact of Agriculture 165
14 Landscapes of Energy Acquisition: the Getting of Power 176
15 Industrial landscapes 184
16 Modern Urban Landscapes: Modern Cities and City Life 197
17 Postmodern Landscapes 212
18 Metaphors and Meanings in Modern Landscapes: Reading the Landscape 219
19 Landscapes of power and pleasure 231
20 'Other' Landscapes 239
Pt. 4 The Global Era 253
21 Globalized landscapes 255
22 Conservation 267
23 Conclusion: the Past, Present and Future of the Study of People, Land and Time 274
Index 280
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