© 2002

An Environmental History of Twentieth-Century Britain

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  • The first textbook to focus on the environmental history of Britain in the twentieth century
    Traces the development of policies for managing both land and water resources, citing examples from an exceptionally wide range of printed and archival sources

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. John Sheail
    Pages 1-11
  3. John Sheail
    Pages 12-45
  4. John Sheail
    Pages 46-81
  5. John Sheail
    Pages 82-102
  6. John Sheail
    Pages 103-145
  7. John Sheail
    Pages 146-176
  8. John Sheail
    Pages 177-217
  9. John Sheail
    Pages 218-256
  10. John Sheail
    Pages 257-282
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 283-306

About this book


Environmental history - the history of the relationship between people and the natural world - is a dynamic and increasingly important field. In An Environmental History of Twentieth-Century Britain, John Sheail breaks new ground in illustrating how some of the most pressing concerns came to be recognised, and a response made. Much use is made of archival sources in tracing a number of key issues, including:
* management of change by central and local government
* the manner in which natural processes were incorporated in projects to protect personal and public health, and ultimately environmental health
* new beginnings in forestry
* the emergence of a third force alongside farming and forestry in the countryside
* management of a transport revolution, and mitigation of environmental hazards

Such instances of policy-making are reviewed within the wider context of a growing awareness, both on the part of government and business, of the role of environmental issues in the creation of wealth and social well-being for us all. An Environmental History of Twentieth-Century Britain is essential reading for all those concerned with these issues.


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About the authors

JOHN SHEAIL is a Senior Principal Scientific Officer in the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (Natural Environment Research Council), and Deputy Head of its Research Site at Monks Wood in Cambridgeshire. He is also external Professor of Geography at the University of Loughborough.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title An Environmental History of Twentieth-Century Britain
  • Authors John Sheail
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2002
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-94980-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-94981-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4039-4036-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 306
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics History of Britain and Ireland
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