One Man's England Paperback – 1 May 1978
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William George Hoskins CBE FBA (22 May 1908 - 11 January 1992) was an English local historian who founded the first university department of English Local History. His great contribution to the study of history was in the field of landscape history. Hoskins demonstrated the profound impact of human activity on the evolution of the English landscape in a pioneering book: The Making of the English Landscape. His work has had lasting influence in the fields of local and landscape history and historical and William George Hoskins was born at 26-28 St David's Hill, Exeter, Devon on 22 May 1908: his father, like his grandfather, was a baker. He won a scholarship to Hele's School in 1918, and attended the University College of South West England where he gained BSc and MSc degrees in economics by the age of 21. Both his MSc in 1929 and his PhD in 1938 were on the history of Devon. The remainder of his life was devoted to university teaching and the authorship of historical works. He died on 11 January 1992 in Cullompton, Devon.[
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Following Hoskins’s remonstrance to historians of the landscape to get out into the fields and get your boots dirty, the book has less text than illustrations. Thus each chapter consists of four to six pages of writing followed by six to twelve captioned figures. I found it better to do the figures before reading the text. The illustrations themselves are mostly either colour or monochrome photographs, but there is also a number of maps, plans, and even a watercolour of Ivychurch that was “specially painted for the book by John Piper.”
Not long previously Hoskins had also written a book called ‘English Landscapes’ (separately reviewed by me), but whereas that book took a subject and concisely examined it from different local angles, ‘One Man’s England’ looks at the local angles themselves. Those angles are: -
1. Ancient Dorset
2. The Lake District: The Conquest of the Mountains
3. North Norfolk: Marsh and Sea
4. Kent (actually Kent and Sussex): Landscapes of War & Peace
5. The Black Country
6. The Deserted Midlands (or more particularly, Oxfordshire)
7. Cornwall: Behind the Scenery
8. Leicestershire: The Fox and the Covert
9. Derbyshire: No Stone Unturned
10. Norfolk & Suffolk: Breckland & Broads
11. Northumberland: The Making of a Frontier
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