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Illustrated History of the Countryside

"Stunning book on how the countryside came to be"

"what really makes the illustrated version of this book great is that for all its 500 or so pages, its a total page turner!"

An Illustrated History of the Countryside by Oliver Rackham

Review

A fascinating companion guide to the true story of Britain's countryside from Weidenfeld Nicolson Illustrated

The British countryside was made: barely an acre of our land is in its prehistoric state. This book shows how woods, fields ponds and heath grew up alongside mankind; how they were used, and how historical documents as well as the land itself takes us far back into history.

The land changes slowly, and despite the damage of the last 100 years there is much of historical interest to be found, and the guided walks of the illustrated edition take you there.

A beautiful example of how a lifelong academic can remain passionate about his subject and totally readable.

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