353 pages, 24 b/w figs
Nineteenth-century Britain led the world in technological innovation and urbanization, and unprecedented population growth contributed as well to the "rash assault," to quote Wordsworth, on Victorian countrysides. Yet James Winter finds that the British environment was generally spared widespread ecological damage. He focuses on human intervention as it not only destroyed but also preserved the physical environment.
[A] richly detailed, well-researched survey of the impact of industrialization and urbanization on the environment of nineteenth-century Britain. - Patrick Brantlinger, American Historical Review
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