Environmental History in Scotland and Northern Ireland Since 1600
By (author) T. C. Smout
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Nature Contested by T. C. Smout
Book DescriptionThis book is about how we have treated nature in some of the most valued landscapes in Europe. Combining social and cultural history with ecology and geography, T.C. Smout has written an environmental history that is both profound and accessible. The Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland, the Lake District and the northern moors and plains of England form a natural region. The crags, moorland, woods and wetlands have been both treasured for their beauty and biodiversity and reviled as unproductive deserts to be improved and reclaimed. The fields have been made more fertile for production and the waters tapped for industrial use, but at a certain cost. The contest between two views of nature - conservation versus development; use versus delight - is at the centre of the book. The author begins by taking a hard look at our encounters with the natural world. He shows how the Scots and the northern English never shared the southerner's view of their environment as intimidating, and describes how conflict between using and enjoying the land gradually arose and gave birth to modern conservation ideas. He reveals how the history of the woods - especially the 'Great Wood of Caledon' - is quite different from popular myth, and examines the history and fate of the soil and the fields; of the rivers, lakes and lochs; of the hills and mountains; and of the modern quarrel over the countryside. 'By the end,' the author writes, 'I hope to have presented on my theatre a dramatic tale that tells us a fair amount not only of northern Britain, but something about the globe and the European west as a whole over the last four hundred years.'
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780748614110
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author T. C. Smout
Firth of Forth, Paperback (November 2012)
Illustrated with black-and-white and colour photographs, this is a capitivating exploration into the life of the Firth of Forth which considers a wide range of questions.
Exploring Environmental History, Paperback (August 2011)
This volume brings together the best of T. C. Smout's recent articles and contributions to books and journals on the topic of environmental history.
History of the Native Woodlands of Scotland, 1500-1920, Paperback (September 2007)
The first modern history of Scottish woodlands from the time of Scotland's first settlement, focusing on the period 1500 to 1920.
Prices, Food and Wages in Scotland, 1550-1780, Paperback (July 2007)» View all books by T. C. Smout
This 1994 book is a major work in early modern and pre-industrial economic and social history.
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Author Biography - T. C. Smout
T. C. Smout is Historiographer Royal in Scotland.
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