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The Countryside Ideal : Anglo-American Images of Landscape - Michael Bunce

The Countryside Ideal

Anglo-American Images of Landscape

Paperback Published: 30th June 1994
ISBN: 9780415104357
Number Of Pages: 256

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God made the country, man made the town.'
William Cowper's words, written two centuries ago, underline an idealisation of rural life and landscape which persists to this day.
What are the main historical processes and ideas underlying the continuing attachment to the countryside? How have these shaped popular values and lifestyles influenced artistic expression, defined attitudes to nature, country life and 8andscape, and affected the development of both rural and urban landscapes? What are the consequences for society and the environment? These are the central questions addressed in this book.
The Countryside Ideal draws together diverse images of landscape to explore this preoccupation with place, culture and representation in the West.

List of plates
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introductionp. 1
The Making of an Idealp. 5
The Armchair Countrysidep. 37
A Place in the Countryp. 77
The People's Playgroundp. 111
The Country in the Cityp. 141
The Countryside Movementp. 176
Reflectionsp. 206
Suggested further readingp. 212
Bibliographyp. 216
Indexp. 226
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415104357
ISBN-10: 0415104351
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 30th June 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 15.49  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1