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The English Garden: A Social History Paperback – 30 Oct 2003


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (30 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014029502X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140295023
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 438,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Charles Quest-Ritson is a writer, lecturer, photographer and journalist. For ten years he has edited the beast selling RHS GARDENER'S YEARBOOK, the essential reference work for all keen gardeners, published by Dorling Kindersley.

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Susie (close@hand.vmailer.net) on 28 Dec 2001
Format: Hardcover
Art historians write 'pretentious bunk' about garden history, scoffs the author of this glossy volume. Yet Quest-Ritson may also be guilty of bias in his own opinionated review of gardening as social history. He states that history is usually written by the middle classes about the upper (Dickens and Mayhew might have debated this) and that deer parks were little more than open-air meat larders. Whatever your viewpoint, this solidly-researched and pleasing book has bite-size chapters and loads of superbly-reproduced illustrations. It's a pleasure to read and own, although the vertical chapter headers on every page can become distracting and you may have to go searching for details of some visuals. Like an amiable debate at a dinner party, this book will surely interest, educate, entertain and intrigue the minds of academic and general readers alike. If you are into gardening or garden history, then put this in your basket now!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. S. Duff on 5 May 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a splendid publication. My main interest is the English Garden in the late 19/early20 C. and this book helped a lot. Thoroughly recommended.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Detailed and interesting... 23 Aug 2004
By Acquisitions Librarian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is detailed and interesting; however, even though it spans several historic periods, it can be technical and at times dry. If you are looking for an enjoyable read *and* you like to get into the nitty-gritty of things, then I recommend this book. If you like history, sociology, and economics, you will most likely enjoy this book. However, if you are not interested in an academic approach that occasionally dabbles in the gossip of the past, then I would pass on this text.

Chapters discussed are: the Early English Garden (1500-1640), the Rise and Fall of the Formal Garden (1640-1730), the Age of Elitism (1730-1820), from Waterloo to the Trenches (1820-1914), and Riches to Rags to Riches (1915-2000).

280 pages, including introduction, illustrations, photographs, maps, references, and index
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A different garden history 12 Jun 2012
By Eugene Underwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have a library of garden books, and this one takes a wider scope and helps the reader understand why certain changes came about in garden design. There are also interesting observations on the possible meanings of garden fashions and tastes. It's an easy to read, friendly book, with good information that is not found elsewhere.
Five Stars 24 Aug 2014
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great book! Lots of great Information and well researched
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