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Storied Ground: Landscape and the Shaping of English National Identity

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages348
ISBN (Electronic)9781108685351, 9781108344043
ISBN (Print)9781108424738, 9781108440882
DOIs
Accepted/In press2018
Published22 Feb 2018

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Abstract

People have always attached meaning to the landscape that surrounds them. In Storied Ground Paul Readman uncovers why landscape matters so much to the English people, exploring its particular importance in shaping English national identity amid the transformations of modernity. The book takes us from the fells of the Lake District to the uplands of Northumberland; from the streetscapes of industrial Manchester to the heart of London. This panoramic journey reveals the significance, not only of the physical characteristics of landscapes, but also of the sense of the past, collective memories and cultural traditions that give these places their meaning. Between the late eighteenth and early twentieth centuries, Englishness extended far beyond the pastoral idyll of chocolate-box thatched cottages, waving fields of corn and quaint country churches. It was found in diverse locations - urban as well as rural, north as well as south - and it took strikingly diverse forms.

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