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English Landscapes Hardcover – 12 Jul 1973

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  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (12 July 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563124075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563124078
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 17.6 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 965,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Oct. 2013
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This slim 120-page volume was published by the BBC in 1973. It is the book of a television series that appears unfortunately not to be available on DVD.

Commissioned seventeen years after his seminal work on `The Making of the English Landscape', in his introduction to this book WG Hoskins remarks that the book allows him "to revise some of my original ideas, to put some of the many things that had to be thrown out of the film for lack of time, and to air a few new ideas for the first time." Hoskins admits that his is not the last word on the subject and concedes he underplayed prehistoric and Roman influences.

Hoskins is probably most in error in his description here of pre-conquest roads "wondering from hamlet to farm, and from farm to farm." This is plainly not so in many examples, as shown recently by Andrew Fleming in his review in the journal of the Devon Archaeological Society of Saxon roads in west Devon.

Certainly, Hoskins points out that archaeology is changing perceptions of village development and that, "Only microscopic studies of single parishes or small districts will eventually enable us to write the true history of a settlement and of the landscape around it." This view still holds true; witness Mick Aston's Shapwick project. But Hoskins also refers to Hooper's method of dating hedgerows, which is no longer embraced so wholeheartedly: even Hoskins calls it "highly simplified".

The book has ten chapters, each comprising a short four-page essay followed by captioned figures. The ten chapters review respectively the landscapes of settlement, colonisation, boundaries, desertion, churches, prosperity, planning, transport, industry, and continuity.
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If you are planning to do landscape archaeology or local history in England, this book is a good starting point. The author provides a guided tour of how the landscape has developed over time and identifies landmarks that a non-Brit might miss.
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