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The Illustrated History of the Countryside by Oliver Rackham
This is an excellent book, and one of those rare sources of knowledge which makes one want to read on, even into the small hours of the night. Brim-full of fascinating detail, highly recommended not only to students but to countryside enthusiasts as well. Oliver Rackham is rightly regarded very highly amongst scholars and academics, but he writes in a way that appeals to mere mortals also.