Book ID: CBB520483037

Storied Ground: Landscape and the Shaping of English National Identity (2018)


Readman, Paul (Author)

Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2018
Language: English

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 348

People have always attached meaning to the landscape that surrounds them. In Storied Ground Paul Readman uncovers why landscape matters so much to the English people, exploring its particular importance in shaping English national identity amid the transformations of modernity. The book takes us from the fells of the Lake District to the uplands of Northumberland; from the streetscapes of industrial Manchester to the heart of London. This panoramic journey reveals the significance, not only of the physical characteristics of landscapes, but also of the sense of the past, collective memories and cultural traditions that give these places their meaning. Between the late eighteenth and early twentieth centuries, Englishness extended far beyond the pastoral idyll of chocolate-box thatched cottages, waving fields of corn and quaint country churches. It was found in diverse locations - urban as well as rural, north as well as south - and it took strikingly diverse forms.

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Authors & Contributors
Wade, Peter
Kent, Michael
Endelman, Todd M.
García-Deister, Vivette
Jervis, Ben
López-Beltrán, Carlos
Environment and History
Social Studies of Science
Early Medieval Europe
Eighteenth-Century Studies
Journal of Historical Geography
Cambridge University Press
Cornell University Press
Duke University Press
Oxford University Press
Pickering & Chatto
National identity
Landscape; landscapes
Science and politics
Nature and its relationship to culture; human-nature relationships
Human body
Melville, Herman
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
20th century, early
20th century
16th century
17th century
Latin America
United States
Great Britain

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