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Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape

Aalen, F. H. A. [Editor]; Whelan, Kevin [Editor]; Stout, Matthew [Editor];

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ISBN 10: 0802042945 / ISBN 13: 9780802042941
Published by University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division, 1997
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Title: Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Used: Very Good

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Lush and green, the beauty of Ireland's landscape is legendary. "The Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape" has harnessed the expertise of dozens of specialists to produce an exciting and pioneering study which aims to increase understanding and appreciation for the landscape as an important element of Irish national heritage, and to provide a much needed basis for an understanding of landscape conservation and planning.

Essentially cartographic in approach, the Atlas is supplemented by diagrams, photographs, paintings, and explanatory text. Regional case studies, covering the whole of Ireland from north to south, are included, along with historical background. The impact of human civilization upon Ireland's geography and environment is well documented, and the contributors to the Atlas deal with contemporary changes in the landscape resulting from developments in Irish agriculture, forestry, bog exploitation, tourism, housing, urban expansion, and other forces.

"The Atlas of the Rural Irish Landscape" is a book which aims to educate and inform the general reader and student about the relationship between human activity and the landscape. It is a richly illustrated, beautifully written, and immensely authoritative work that will be the guide to Ireland's geography for many years to come.

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Chosen as a Lingua Franca Breakthrough Book as one of the most illuminating recent books on Ireland 'A remarkable multidisciplinary survey of the landscape that shaped Irish folklore, literature, and visual art - focusing on the seven centuries of colonial rule. This intelligently illustrated atlas provides a social, archaeological, and geological history of the land and a polemic against Ireland's failure to protect its rural region.'

'I have been waiting for the one book which will make me hear what the Irish landscape is saying to me. I know the Atlas will be it. All the fragments of knowledge, the living fabric of this country will at last be shaped into a coherent whole. The art of seeing Ireland will be transformed.'

'Ireland's landscape heritage, like that of many parts of rural Europe, is under threat. The value of this Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape is that it will help deepen understanding of the landscape heritage and why it should be cared for. It should be read by everyone who takes pleasure in Ireland's countryside, admires its natural environment or respects its cultural history, and consulted by all those who have the responsibility to shape the landscape of the future.'

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