Landscape, Wealth & Dispossession
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The first part of a six part series, Landscape, Wealth and Dispossession, by Nick Ashton-Jones. Landscape, Wealth and Dispossession considers the evolution of the British landscape, at home and abroad, in the context of five powerful forces: Human Activity, Feudalism, Capitalism, Industrialism and Individualism. Thus, Part I considers Human Activity, without which the other forces would not come into play. The story starts about 15,000 years ago considering the geographical and ecological environment with which the first inhabitants of post-glacial Britain interacted to create a human landscape. A landscape that rapidly manifested the exploitation of natural and human resources in a way that concentrated wealth and consequent political power as the control and ownership of land and of the people who worked the land.
As the title suggests, British landscapes continued to evolve as human ecosystems manifesting the wealth of the few and the dispossession of the many. This process is described in a lively way, with illustrations, in order to encourage a better understanding of the contemporary landscape not only by social geographers, ecologists, activists and politicians but also by folk who enjoy investigating and looking at the human landscape of which they are a part.