English Landscape in the Twentieth Century

Continuum International Publishing Group, Limited, 2007 - 420 páginas
The English landscape changed more radically in the twentieth century than it had over the previous thousand years. In this eye-opening book, Trevor Rowley shows vividly what changed and why. The countryside, now a dormitory or holiday destination, employed less than one percent of the population by 2000. In contrast, cities and towns, dominated by the megalopolis of London, expanded massively. Life, and the landscape, became ruled by the car. Regional identities disappeared as national chains and uniform building styles began to be found from Penzance to Carlisle. Uplands and country houses became theme parks often overrun by visitors. Two world wars and changing patterns of work and leisure also left their imprint.

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Trevor Rowley is Deputy Director of the Department for Continuing Education of Oxford University. He is a geographer by training and is an acknowledged national authority on landscape history and village studies. John Wood is Senior Archaeologist for the Highland Council in Scotland. He has extensive experience of the survey and excavation of deserted villages, and since 1995 he has directed an annual field school at the deserted village of Easter Raitts, near Kingussie in Badenoch.
The author of some thirty-five books on the motoring of yesteryear, Jonathan Wood has made a particular study of the histories of Britain's multifarious car makers. He has received the Guild of Motoring Writers' Montagu Trophy and the Society of Automotive Historians' Cugnot Award.

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