Trees: Woodlands and Western Civilization

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2003 - History - 261 pages
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In this book, Richard Hayman traces the different values and virtues people have seen in trees and forests over the course of history, reflecting the changing use of woodland and the effects of deforestation and urbanization. Tacitus, followed by Romantics and historians of liberty, located freedom in the German forests. Medieval forests were both protected hunting parks and the refuge of Robin Hood. Shakespeare contrasted the simplicity of life in the Forest of Arden with the artificial manners of the court. Since the 18th century, poets such as Wordsworth, Clare, and Hardy have drawn inspiration from trees. How we see trees today will dictate how trees are treated in the future.
 

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Contents

Harts and Boars
21
Exiles
39
Lovers
63
Patriots
79
Altdeutsche Wälder
97
Big Trees
111
Patrician Trees
129
Plebeian Underwood
147
Woodlanders
161
Dreamers
181
Experts
205
Notes
231
Index
247
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Richard Hayman is an archaeologist and architectural historian who writes on the history of the British landscape. His other books include Riddles in Stone: Myths, Archaeology and the Ancient Britons.

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