564 pages, Col photos, b/w photos, col plates, bw plates, figs, tabs, maps
A historical atlas of the South-West of England. Its aim is to create and communicate the history of the south-western peninsula of England - Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly - from the beginnings of man's occupation to the present day. Contributors include archaeologists, geographers, historians, sociologists and the region's museum, library and archive services. The pre-medieval content is organized chronologically but thereafter the reconstruction of human occupation is structured thematically.
A heavyweight in every sense . . . The scope of its sixty-five chapters could hardly be wider: in time, from the palaeolithic to such late twentieth-century developments as the coming of out-of-town shopping centres; in subject matter, from Bronze Age metalwork to the early modern book trade and the surburban growth of post-war Exeter. Its 400 maps chart almost everything chartable, from finds of worked flints to the distribution of second homes as a percentage of total housing stock. So broad and diverse a range may seem to encourage superficiality, but in fact the maps and the extended commentaries which accompany them are generally first-rate pieces of historical research, often with implications beyond the south-west . . . this is local history at its best, informed throughout by a strong sense of place but resting always on documentary evidence and on an awareness of larger patterns in a wider world. -English Historical Review, Vol 115, June 2000
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