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Ideology and Landscape in Historical Perspective : Essays on the Meanings of some Places in the Past - Alan R. H. Baker

Ideology and Landscape in Historical Perspective

Essays on the Meanings of some Places in the Past

By: Alan R. H. Baker (Editor), Gideon Biger (Editor), Richard Dennis (Editor), Deryck Holdworth (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 26th February 2004
ISBN: 9780521410328
Number Of Pages: 372

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Landscapes of material are also landscapes of meaning: praxis is itself symbolic, and all landscapes are symbolic in practice. Ideology and landscape in historical perspective draws together fifteen historical geographers to examine landscapes as messages to be decoded, as signs to be deciphered. The range of examples is wide in terms of period, from the medieval to the modern, and of place, embracing the USA, Canada, Palastine, Israel, South Africa, India, Singapore, France and Germany. Each essay addresses a specific problem, but collectively they are principally concerned with the ideologies of religion and of politics, of church and state, and their historical impress upon landscapes. The book is introduced by an essay which explores the dialectical understanding of landscapes, and landscapes as expressions of the connection of an ideology to a quest for order, to an assertion of authority and to a project of totalization. The issues raised by landscapes and their meanings - issues of individual and collective action, of objective knowing, of materialist and idealist explanation - are fundamental not only to historical geography but to any humanistic study, and render the geographical study of landscapes of interest to scholars in many disciplines.

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"The essays collectively address the ideologies of political creed and religious belief and their expression, direct and indirect, on the landscape. An introduction to ideology and landscape and abundant illustrations combine to enrich a fascinating volume." G. J. Martin, Choice

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List of Contributors
Introduction: on ideology and landscape
Ideology and landscape in early printed maps of Jerusalem
Ideological contexts and the reconstruction of biblical landscapes in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries: Dr Edward Wells and the historical geography of the Holy Land
Land-God-man: concepts of land ownership in traditional cultures in Eretz-Israel
Religious ideology and landscape formation: the case of the German Templars in Eretz-Israel
Planned temple towns and Brahmin villages as spatial expressions of the ritual politics of medieval kingdoms in South India
Territorial strategies applied to captive peoples
Ideology and landscape of settler colonialism in Virginia and Dutch South Africa: a comparative analysis
Municipal sanitary ideology and the control of the urban environment in colonial Singapore
Ideology and the landscape of British Palestine, 1918-1929
Ideology, identity, landscape and society in the lower colonies of British North America, 1840-1860
Interpreting a nation's identity: artists as creators of national consciousness
Collective consciousness and the local landscape: national ideology and the commune council of Mesland (Loir-et-Cher) as landscape architect during the nineteenth century
A contrast of Old World ideology: Germans and Scotch-Irish in the Ozarks
Ideology in the planned order upon the land: the example of Germany
Parading: a lively tradition in early Victorian Toronto
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ISBN: 9780521410328
ISBN-10: 0521410320
Series: Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 26th February 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.71