Academic journal article Geography

The Quantocks: Biography of an English Region

Academic journal article Geography

The Quantocks: Biography of an English Region

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The Quantocks: Biography of an English region Peter Haggett Chew Magna: The Point Walter Press, 2012 211pp, 17x24cm Pb: £20.00, ISBN 978-0-9573352-0-2

Professor Haggett suggests in the Preface that this is his last book, so it is entirely appropriate that within it he returns to his roots - in two senses. Peter Haggett grew up in the Quantocks (in Somerset) and now lives there in 'retirement'. This volume also reflects his intellectual roots, revealed in the book's subtitle - Biography of an English region - for when he was an undergraduate in the early 1950s regional geography was at the core of the subject. This volume is strongly in the 'making of the landscape' tradition and it traces the development of the Quantocks landscape from its geological foundations through successive waves of human activity up to the present day, identifying current landscape issues. The story is a proper scholarly account underpinned by extensive use of documentary evidence, copiously illustrated - rarely is a two-page spread without a map or diagram - and enhanced by a large number of photographs taken by the author's daughter. …

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