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Historical Atlas of South-West England


Edited By: Roger Kain and William Ravenhill

564 pages, Col photos, b/w photos, col plates, bw plates, figs, tabs, maps

University of Exeter Press

Hardback | Nov 1999 | #134486 | ISBN: 0859894347
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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


Environmental setting, Christopher Caseldine; traditional building materials and their influence on vernacular styles, Veronica Chesher. The deep past - before the Norman Conquest: palaeolithic - the earliest human occupation, Allan Straw; late Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic hunting-gathering communities, Alison Roberts; Neolithic settlement, land use and resources, Frances Griffith and Henrietta Quinnell; barrow and ceremonial sites in the Neolithic and earlier Bronze Age, Frances Griffith and Henrietta Quinnell; settlement c.2500 BC to c.AD 600, Frances Griffith and Henrietta Quinnell; the Bronze Age metalwork of Devon and Cornwall, Susan M. Pearce; Iron Age to Roman buildings, structures, and coin and other findspots, Frances Griffith and Henrietta Quinnell; the Roman Army in the South West, Valerie Maxfield; classical sources for the ancient South West, Malcolm Todd; early Christian Dumnonia, A.C. Thomas; place names in Devon and Cornwall, O.J. Padel; Saxon conquest and settlement Della Hooke. Themes in the history of post-medieval South-West England - population: population distribution from the Domesday Book of 1806 William Ravenhill; population distribution and growth in early modern England Jonathan Barry population change in south-west England, 1811-1911, Andrew Alexander and Gareth Shaw; population changes in the 20th century, Andrew Gilg. Themes in the history of post-medieval South-West England - political and military history: castles, fortified houses and fortified towns, 1300-1500, Robert Higham; representation and rebellion in the later middle ages, Nicholas Orme; civil wars of the 17th century, Peter Gaunt; coastal defences and garrisons, 1480-1914, Michael Duffy; defence and disruption - World Wars I and II, Mark Blacksell; antecedents of the modern administrative map - local areas and local authorities, 1801-1998, Jeffrey Stanyer; Parliamentary boundaries and political affiliations, 1918-1997, Michael Rush. Themes in the history of post-medieval South-West England - religion and religious institutions: ecclesiastical institutions in 1086 and monastic houses c.1300, Christopher Holdsworth; the Church in Devon and Cornwall from c.1300 to the Reformation, Nicholas Orme; religion and the spread of nonconformity before 1800, Jonathan Barry; religious worship in 1851, Bruce Coleman; religion and ecclesiastical practices in the 20th century, Grace Davie and Derek Hearl. Themes in the history of post-medieval South-West England - education/dissemination of knowledge/language: printing, the book trade, and newspapers, c.1500-1860, Ian Maxted; education in Cornwall in the 19th and 20th centuries, L. Burge and F.L. Harris; education in Devon in the 19th and 20th centuries, Roger Sellman; the retreat of the Cornish language, Philip Payton. (Part contents)

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