People and Woods in Scotland
Edited by T. C. Smout
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People and Woods in Scotland by T. C. Smout
Book DescriptionThis is a history of the trees, woodlands and forests of Scotland and of the people who used them. It begins 11,500 years ago when the ice sheet melted and trees such as hazel, pine, ash and oak returned, bringing with them first birds and mammals and, soon after, the first hunter-gathering humans. The book charts and explains the almost complete withdrawal of tree cover in Scotland over the following millennia, considers the revival of forests and woodlands in the twentieth century, and ends by examining the changes under way now. The book is intended for everyone interested in Scotland's natural history. It calls on an expert in pollen analysis to examine ancient patterns of woodland distribution; on archaeologists to describe how wood was put to good purpose, especially for buildings; on historians and foresters to explain how trees and woods have been exploited and enjoyed over the ages: on ecologists to show how the histories of people and woods are inseparably linked in Scotland; and on a geographer to consider how the Scottish landscape may react to changing policy, attitudes, populations, and climate. The text is fully illustrated by maps and photographs, in colour and black and white. The book has appendixes listing the native and imported species of trees and shrubs in Scotland, and ends with an extensive guide to further reading arranged by subject.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780748617012
(249mm x 177mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 19-Nov-2002
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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