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Devon Paperback – 18 May 2015

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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd; New edition edition (18 May 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860772706
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860772702
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 4.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 556,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Historian Hoskins (1908-92) wrote his account of the southwest English county for The New Survey of England series published by Collins in 1954 as a landmark in local history. He begins with a general description, and reviews of prehistoric and Celtic times and the English settlement. Then he traces in turn the history of particular aspects, such a

About the Author

W. G. Hoskins was born in Exeter in 1908. Educated at Hele's School and the University of the South West, he went on to teach at the then University College, Leicester (1931-51) where he founded the influential School of English Local History, the first department of its kind in Britain. In 1951 he became Reader in Economic History at Oxford, and it is during his time there that both "Devon" (1954) and "The Making of the English Landscape" (1955) appeared, both highly influential works, both still in great demand. Returning as Professor to Leicester, now a University, after a few years he withdrew to return to his beloved Devon: to campaign against wholesale redevelopment destruction and to champion similar environmental causes. He enjoyed a national reputation and high regard, which led to radio, television and press appearances. This Devon man changed not only our approach to the study of local history, but also our concern about the conservation of our environment. He died at Cullompton, Devon, in January 1992."

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