From Punt to Plough

A History of the Fens

Author: Rex Sly

Publisher: History Press (SC)

ISBN: 9780750933988

Category: Fens, The (England)

Page: 160

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A superb examination of the history of the Fens, containing a great deal of stunning photographs.
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The Making Of The British Landscape

From the Ice Age to the Present

Author: Nicholas Crane

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297857355

Category: History

Page: 592

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How much do we really know about the place we call 'home'? In this sweeping, timely book, Nicholas Crane tells the story of Britain. The British landscape has been continuously occupied by humans for 12,000 years, from the end of the Ice Age to the twenty-first century. It has been transformed from a European peninsula of glacier and tundra to an island of glittering cities and exquisite countryside. In this geographical journey through time, we discover the ancient relationship between people and place and the deep-rooted tensions between town and countryside. The twin drivers of landscape change - climate and population - have arguably wielded as much influence on our habitat as monarchs and politics. From tsunamis and farming to Roman debacles and industrial cataclysms, from henge to high-rise and hamlet to metropolis, this is a book about change and adaptation. AS Britain lurches from an exploitative past towards a more sustainable future, this is the story of our age.
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Soil in Their Souls

A History of Fenland Farming

Author: Rex Sly

Publisher: History PressLtd

ISBN: 9780752457338

Category: History

Page: 160

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Like many of the families in this book, Rex Sly follows in the footsteps of his ancestors who were also farmers in the Fens. The land was reclaimed by forebears, giving this unique bond between "soil and soul"—each generation wishing to leave their soils as a sustainable inheritance to the next. The variety of crops which are grown has changed little over the past half-century, but the traditional farms have been largely replaced by high-tech agro-businesses. Not all farms in the fens are large, though, and the richness of the soils still enables the small grower to survive in a niche marketplace. The greatest change has been from the grower to the consumers' shopping baskets. The marketing chain has changed from markets and merchants to the vast supermarket network: fast and efficient for the grower and value for money for the public. The corn exchanges which witnessed the rise and fall of agriculture over one and a half centuries of history are now no more than farming monuments. The ever-increasing demands on our soils are of concern to those in the Fens. Each generation is replaceable—fen topsoil is not.
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John Morton

Adversary of Richard III, Power Behind the Tudors

Author: Stuart Bradley

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445679647

Category: History

Page: 304

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One of the most unfairly neglected figures in English history, who served three kings, opposed Richard III and enabled the Tudor dynasty.
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Historical Disaster Experiences

Towards a Comparative and Transcultural History of Disasters Across Asia and Europe

Author: Gerrit Jasper Schenk

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319491636

Category: Social Science

Page: 436

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Historical disaster research is still a young field. This book discusses the experiences of natural disasters in different cultures, from Europe across the Near East to Asia. It focuses on the pre-industrial era and on the question of similarities, differences and transcultural dynamics in the cultural handling of natural disasters. Which long-lasting cultural patterns of perception, interpretation and handling of disasters can be determined? Have specific types of disasters changed the affected societies? What have people learned from disasters and what not? What adaptation and coping strategies existed? Which natural, societal and economic parameters play a part? The book not only reveals the historical depth of present practices, but also reveals possible comparisons that show globalization processes, entanglements and exchanges of ideas and practices in pre-modern times.
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Four Fields

Author: Tim Dee

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409028089

Category: Nature

Page: 288

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In his first book since the acclaimed The Running Sky Tim Dee tells the story of four green fields. Four fields spread around the world: their grasses, their hedges, their birds, their skies, and their natural and human histories. Four real fields – walkable, mappable, man-made, mowable and knowable, but also secretive, mysterious, wild, contested and changing. Four fields – the oldest and simplest and truest measure of what a man needs in life – looked at, thought about, worked in, lived with, written. Dee’s four fields, which he has known for more than twenty years, are the fen field at the bottom of his Cambridgeshire garden, a field in southern Zambia, a prairie field in Little Bighorn, Montana, USA, and a grass meadow in the exclusion zone at Chernobyl, Ukraine. Meditating on these four fields, Dee makes us look anew at where we live and how. He argues that we must attend to what we have made of the wild, to look at and think about the way we have messed things up but also to notice how we have kept going alongside nature, to listen to the conversation we have had with grass and fields. Four Fields is a profound, lyrical book by one of Britain’s very best writers about nature. Shortlisted for the 2014 Ondaatje Prize
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Country Life

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Country life

Page: N.A

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Uarda

Erster Band

Author: Georg Ebers

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9925000394

Category: Fiction

Page: 284

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In the winter of 1873 I spent some weeks in one of the tombs of the Necropolis of Thebes in order to study the monuments of that solemn city of the dead; and during my long rides in the silent desert the germ was developed whence this book has since grown. The leisure of mind and body required to write it was given me through a long but not disabling illness. In the first instance I intended to elucidate this story-like my "Egyptian Princess"-with numerous and extensive notes placed at the end; but I was led to give up this plan from finding that it would lead me to the repetition of much that I had written in the notes to that earlier work. The numerous notes to the former novel had a threefold purpose. In the first place they served to explain the text; in the second they were a guarantee of the care with which I had striven to depict the archaeological details in all their individuality from the records of the monuments and of Classic Authors; and thirdly I hoped to supply the reader who desired further knowledge of the period with some guide to his studies.
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Fenland Pumping Engines

Author: K. S. G. Hinde

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fens, The (England)

Page: 224

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'Fenland Pumping Engines' details the many former drainage engines which powered the wheels and pumps which kept the fens free from flood. The book contains much little known information and photographs, some rare.
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The Phytologist

A Popular Botanical Miscellany

Author: George Luxford,Edward Newman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Botany

Page: N.A

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The Athenaeum

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

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Wasserland

Roman

Author: Graham Swift

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783423140539

Category:

Page: 491

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World Review

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

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