The English Landscape in the Twentieth Century

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A&C Black, 2006 - History - 472 pages
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The English landscape changed more radically in the twentieth century than it had over the previous thousand years. In this eye-opening book, Trevor Rowley shows vividly what changed and why. The countryside, now a dormitory or holiday destination, employed less than one percent of the population by 2000. In contrast, cities and towns, dominated by the megalopolis of London, expanded massively. Life, and the landscape, became ruled by the car. Regional identities disappeared as national chains and uniform building styles began to be found from Penzance to Carlisle. Uplands and country houses became theme parks often overrun by visitors. Two world wars and changing patterns of work and leisure also left their imprint.
  

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Contents

The English Landscape
1
The Age of the Car
11
Taking Off
53
London
75
Towns and Industry
121
New Towns and Garden Cities
165
Suburbia and Metroland
195
The Village
217
The Country House
269
Uplands and Forests
293
The Impact of War
307
The Seaside
349
Sports and Recreations
377
ThemePark England
411
Historic Monuments
427
Copyright

The Countryside
245

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About the author (2006)

Trevor Rowley was until recently the Vice-Principal of Kellogg College, Oxford.

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