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Estate Landscapes in northern Europe

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290 pages ill.
ISBN 978 87 7184 519 8

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Estate Landscapes in Northern Europe is the first study of the role of the landed estate as an agent in the shaping of landscapes and societies across northern Europe over the past five centuries. Exploring the fascinating variations in manorial worlds, the present volume adopts a new and broader perspective on estate landscapes.

Estate – or manorial – landscapes were distinctive elements within the historic landscape and created their own character. Marked by larger scale fields associated with the home or demesne farm as well as a higher proportion of woodland and timber trees, these landscapes reflected the scale of the resources available to the landowner and the control they exerted over the local communities. But they also represented the performative aspects of life for the elite, such as their engagement with hunting.

While existing works have tended to emphasize the economic and agricultural aspect of estate landscapes, this volume draws out the social, cultural and political impact of manors and estates on landscapes throughout northern Europe. The chapters provide insights into a broad range of histories, such as the social worlds of burghers and nobility in the Dutch Republic, or the relationship between the distribution of land and the agitation for electoral reform in nineteenth-century England. In Scandinavia the impact of the reformation and conquest in Norway is balanced against the continuity of ownership in Sweden, where developing the natural resources for industrial enterprise such as ironworks and sawmills brought in new owners.

Press reviews

Henry French, Agricultural History Review
"It is very handsomely produced, illustrated copious in colour throughout, with very legible illustrations of contemporary maps and drawings.

(...) Each of the authors is an expert within each national historiography, but each writes extremely accessibly agricultural 164 history review and concisely for a non-specialist reader, and each has clearly condensed a series of thorny, complex debates into concise syntheses, in which they plant their own detailed empirical research. This work will be of value to those interested in country houses and country house society in countries that do not, conventionally, feature largely in Anglophone studies. It will be very welcome for undergraduate and postgraduate students seeking a clear introduction into this wide variety of subject areas within these countries. Hopefully, too, it marks the start of a series of agenda-setting publications in this series, which bring together scholars from across Europe (and, hopefully, those studying colonial contexts, too), in order to re-think, re-define, and re-conceptualize this important and fascinating topic."

Kristeligt Dagblad
Artikel: "Et spil med bønder og herremænd"

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