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Estate Landscapes (inbunden)

Estate Landscapes

Design, Improvement and Power in the Post-medieval Landscape

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In recent years, the post-medieval landscape has attracted new interest from archaeologists, historians, and geographers concerned to understand the development of the historic environment. One of the key structuring elements within these landscapes from the sixteenth century until the aftermath of the Second World War was undoubtedly the landed estate. However, it was not until the late nineteenth century that any systematic attempt to quantify the presence of these estates was undertaken, prompted by the move to democratic reform and the persistent link between political power and landed wealth. Yet the importance of the landed estate in structuring power, social relationships, and both agricultural and industrial production was not limited to the UK. From the eighteenth century, the link between the UK estates and patterns of landholding and exploitation in the colonies became increasingly complex and recursive. This volume explores the relationships between the form and structure of British and Colonial estate landscapes, their agricultural management and the political structures and social relationships they reproduced. The articles address themes as diverse as the creation and development of the agrarian landscape, improvement, ornamental landscapes and gardens and estate architecture. Overall, it highlights the wealth and diversity of existing scholarship and suggests new directions for post-medieval archaeology in this dynamic area of research.
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[An] excellent and stimulating set of papers. A fine volume, one of the best and most enjoyable sets of papers I have read for some time. RURAL HISTORY This is a collection of papers whose contents, and coherence, are of an unusually high standard. Highly recommended. LANDSCAPES Provides fruitful contrasts and produces numerous new ideas and fresh insights into an already much-studied subject. A well-produced and informative book which enhances understanding and broadens perspectives on many aspects of estate history and landscape development. LANDSCAPE HISTORY Many of the papers contain intriguing and thought-provoking material. AGRICULTURAL HISTORY REVIEW


Preface - Kate Giles and Jonathan Finch Introduction: Archaeological Perspectives on Estate Landscapes - Tom Williamson Pallas, Flora and Ceres: Landscape Priorities and Improvement on the Castle Howard Estate - Jonathan Finch Vaynor: A Landscape and its Buildings in the Severn Valley - Robert Silvester / Reviews Editor and Judith Alfrey Fields, Property and Agricultural Innovation - Sam Turner The Cult of the Ruin: A Lesson of Spatial Transformation in Rural Ireland - Charles E. Orser 'Animated Prospect' - An 18th century Kiln at 'the Pottery House in the Park', Dunster, Somerset - David Dawson and Oliver Kent Reflecting a Stance: Establishing a Position; Moving Beyond Description and Function in Designed Estate Landscapes? - Paul Everson Thomas Jefferson's Landscape of Retirement - Barbara J. Heath Monuments and Memory in the Estate Landscape: Caste Howard and Sledmere - Harold C Mytum English Colonial Landscapes in the South-West of Ireland - Colin Breen 'In What Manner Did They Devide The Land' The Early Colonial Estate Landscape of Nevis and St. Kitts - Roger Leech 'Material Improvements' The Archaeology of Estate Landscapes in the British Leeward Islands, 1713-18381713-1838 - Dan Hicks