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History of the Countryside

The History of the Countryside: The Classic History of Britain's Landscape, Flora and Fauna by Oliver Rackham

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From its earliest origins to the present day, Oliver Rackham describes the endlessly changing character of Britain's countryside.

Exploring the natural and man-made features of the land - fields, highways, hedgerows, fens, marshes, rivers, heaths, coasts, woods and wood pastures - the author describes how the countryside has developed over the centuries. In doing so, he covers a wealth of related subjects to provide an account of the sometimes subtle and sometimes radical ways in which people, fauna, flora, climate, soils and other physical conditions have played their part in the shaping of the countryside.

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