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New Forest (Paperback)

The Forging of a Landscape

P&S History > Medieval World > Anglo-Saxon & Medieval Britain

By Hadrian Cook
Imprint: Windgather Press
Pages: 232
Illustrations: b/w and colour
ISBN: 9781911188193
Published: 15th November 2017
Casemate UK Academic



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Hadrian Cook’s new account of the New Forest in southern England provides an historical narrative of the occupation and use of a vast area that was, for centuries, important as a Royal Hunting Forest and subject to many contentious laws and regulations, but which includes much economically marginal land. Four critical themes are explored through time: the shaping of the natural environment into human prehistory; human intervention through natural resource management;  governance and management of the forest over time, stressing pressures on resources and attempts at exclusion of certain social groups; and policies and designations to conserve the New Forest. Cook aims to reflect a complicated narrative around the evolution caused by changing management and economic objectives reflecting governance arrangements at different times. Once the domain of kings, the New Forest is today, in effect, open-access, largely state-owned land, famous for its pretty villages, mosaic of moorland and woodland, roaming horses and cattle, diverse wildlife and miles of open countryside. But this tranquillity belies a complex and contested history.

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About Hadrian Cook

Hadrian Cook teaches and writes on environmental science, environmental policy and landscape history. He was educated in the universities of Sheffield, London and East Anglia and taught in schools before taking up a teaching appointment at Wye College and Imperial College within the University of London. He presently teaches at Kingston University and in adult education.

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