The Illustrated History of the Countryside
Oliver Rackham's book tells the many-layered story of the British landscape using landscape photography and a series of photographic essays, describing eight of the author's walks within areas of natural beauty.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 31st 2000 by Seven Dials
(first published 1994)
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Apr 24, 2012 Peter rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
A fascinating book!
How to read the countryside and see the history of invasion, colonisation, ecology, horticulture and agriculture all around you, woven into every tree, ditch, field and hedgerow.
There is a romantic dualistic misnomer in most peoples understanding of our landscape, namely that the urban is a totally man made environment whilst the rural landscape is the opposite,it's antithesis;nature untouched and unbound.
A fallacy that this book thoroughly dispels.
Why do we have fens,open moo...more
Jan 13, 2008 LandscapeArchitect Books added it · review of another edition
Recommended by Tom Turner - author of 'Garden History: Philosophy and Design 2000 BC - 2000 AD' - as one of forty books which - he suggests - every landscape student should have seen. Thanks to the Landscape Information Hub UK. http://www.lih.gre.ac.uk/histhe/books...