Landscape and Memory

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Knopf, 1995 - Social Science - 652 pages
33 Reviews
Opening a radically new and original path into history, Simon Schama explores the scenery of our Western culture, both real landscapes and landscapes of the mind that have given us our sense of homeland, the dark woods of our imagined origins. What unfolds is a series of compelling journeys through space and time: from the ancient woodland of Poland, a symbol over the centuries of national endurance, through the forest birthplace of the German psyche, to the Big Trees of Yosemite that gave a new nation its holy past. Through all of history, from pre-classical antiquity to the Third Reich and beyond, Schama uncovers the myths and memories that have stamped themselves on our most basic social instincts and institutions: territorial identity, the wild and domestic, mortality and immortality.

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Level of scholarship and detail remarkable. - Goodreads
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A wonderfully compendious, leisurely, ultimately compelling ramble through art, literature and intellectual history, making the point that we see “Nature” through “Culture” (or, in Schama's word ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jkimballcook Cook - Goodreads

It was okay. I've read a few of Schama's books now, and while he is very good at finding interesting tidbits from history, and making connections to other interesting tidbits, there is little cohesion ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
Prologue The Detour
23
chapter one In the Realm of the Lithuanian Bison
37
Copyright

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About the author (1995)

Simon Schama is Old Dominion Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University.  He is the author of Citizens, Dead Certainties and An Embarrassment of Riches.  Simon Schama lives in New York with his wife and their two children.

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