By: Hadrian Cook(Editor), Tom Williamson(Editor)
273 pages, 30 b/w photos, illustrations, maps, tables
An important reinterpretation of key questions in British landscape development. Scientists, economic historians and archaeologists take a major step towards a holistic history of water management in the agricultural landscape. In each section, ecologists, soil scientists or hydrologists set out the scientific dynamics of each water system. Archaeologists and historians then assess the historical evidence for water management since the Roman period. Considering the implications for current conservation practice, this book will have an effect upon how we manage our historic landscapes.
"Amost exciting interdisciplinary development in agricultural history,landscape history and nature conservation/management."
– Paul Halstead, University of Sheffield
"Its great value is to bring together lowland draining, underdraining and water-meadow creation and treat them for what they are – aspects of the greater whole – water management in a basically waterlogged countryside [...] this is a useful, timely and informative book that summarizes a vast range of knowledge. For anyone interested in the history and workings of these very special and fascinating parts of the English landscape, it is a 'must'."
– The Agricultural History Review
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Hadrian Cook is Senior Lecturer in Hydrology at Wye College, University of London.
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