The Peopling of Britain: The Shaping of a Human Landscape

Hardcover | February 1, 2002

EditorPaul Slack, Ryk Ward

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This volume reviews the way in which, over the centuries, the evolving human presence in Britain has shaped the British landscape and how, in turn, the British landscape has moulded the development of British communities. From the beginnings of human settlement Britain has represented a finalfrontier for successive waves of colonists, each bringing its own set of cultural adaptations and its own ethos into the landscape. Over time both landscape and culture have matured from raw frontier to settled centre, moulded by the advent of agriculture, towns, and industry, and by streams ofmigration both within Britain and from outside. The chapters in this book - by archaeologists, historians, and geographers - present an interdisciplinary and accessible account of that long process. Together they trace the various phases of the story, showing how much of it has only recently beenunearthed, and how much remains to be discovered.

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This volume reviews the way in which, over the centuries, the evolving human presence in Britain has shaped the British landscape and how, in turn, the British landscape has moulded the development of British communities. From the beginnings of human settlement Britain has represented a finalfrontier for successive waves of colonists,...

Paul Slack is Principal of Linacre College, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and Professor of Early Modern Social History, University of Oxford. Ryk Ward is a Professor of Biological Anthropology, University of Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:307 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.89 inPublished:February 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198297599

ISBN - 13:9780198297598

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Table of Contents

Paul Slack and R.H. Ward: IntroductionClive Gamble: Early BeginningsPaul Mellars: Homo SapiensAlasdair Whittle: Advent of AgricultureBarry Cunliffe: Tribes and EmpiresHeinrich Harke: Saxon Kings and Norse WarriorsRichard Smith: Plagues and PopulationsTony Wrigley: Country and Town: Farmers, Labourers, Craftsmen, Manufacturers, MerchantsCeri Peach: Empire, the Economy and Industry

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`...a fine demonstration of the fluxes which enrich the population of this island and have always done so.'Kevin J. Edwards, University of Aberdeen