Mapping improvement: reshaping rural landscapes in the eighteenth century

Gregory, Jon (2005) Mapping improvement: reshaping rural landscapes in the eighteenth century. Landscapes, 6 (1). pp. 62-82.

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This article explores the nature of landscape 'improvement' in the eighteenth century through a detailed examination of a selection of maps produced for the owners of the Merton estate in south-west Norfolk. The study of cartographic evidence is, of course, one of the foundations of landscape history, yet only limited attention has been paid to the full significance of the maps themselves and the manner in which they could influence the way landowners thought about their surroundings. A careful consideration of contemporary maps can, in particular, shed valuable light on the complex motives underlying rural landscape change in this period; a point which emphasises how the debate ought to be shifted away from economically deterministic arguments toward a wider consideration of the importance of social, ideological and aesthetic concerns.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: improvement,landscape history,enclosure,history ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1202
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2016 23:03
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2021 06:17
DOI: 10.1179/lan.2005.6.1.62

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