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James Lovelock’s Gaia Hypothesis urges you to become an ecologist. 

Landscape, Wealth, & Dispossession enables you to take an ecologically informed stand on the crucial issue of our time: the survival of humanity. 

Landscape, Wealth, & Dispossession considers the evolution of the British landscape, at home and abroad, in the context of six powerful forces: Humanity, Feudalism, Capitalism, Industrialism, Colonialism, and Individualism. Thus in six parts, Landscape, Wealth and Dispossession, explains that the Landscape is a manifestation of Wealth concentrated into the hands of the few. Consequently, the many, the mass of humanity, suffer Dispossession, not only dispossessed of its land, but also of its access to other resources, and, therefore, dispossessed of its natural dignity.

This evolutionary social process is described by Nick Ashton-Jones in a lively, illustrative way in order to encourage a better understanding of the contemporary landscape, not only by geographers, ecologists and politicians, but also by folk who want to correctly interpret the human landscape of which they are a living part.


 

Part I: Humanity

 
 
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Part I: Humanity considers the geographical and consequent ecological environment with which the post-glacial British interacted as they created a human landscape. A landscape that manifested the exploitation of the land in a way that quickly concentrated wealth and resulting political power into the hands of an elite class.

Response from a reader: 

“I have just finished reading part 1. It has been a very informative and engaging read. Seeing our unnatural agricultural landscape is something that has puzzled me since I was a teenager. The term countryside seemed to get tied in with ‘natural landscape’, which is very clearly not the case. It seems we have homogenised the human spirit and intelligence just as we have the very land we inhabit.

“I found your text filled a lot of gaps in my knowledge regarding how we have come to this ‘current’ situation. I find that it isn’t a current situation at all, it’s just currently we have even more advanced and influential technologies to continue the destructive nature of our predecessors.”

 
 
 

 

Part II: Feudalism

 
 
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Part II: Feudalism considers the evolution of British feudalism to its decline in the 14thcentury. The Roman occupation is defined as an anomaly, which, by undermining the feudal lord, enables a temporary Anglo-Saxon ascendancy. The Norman conquest – a manifestation of the ‘Völkerwanderung’ – ideologically perfects British feudalism. The consequent institutionalization of land-rights engenders a commodification of land that will underwrite capitalism. In the process, the feudal, copyholding, peasantry is eliminated, while the Norman precedent that positions conqueror as ultimate landlord sets the stage for colonial annexation.


 

 

Part III: Early Capitalism

 

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Except from the introduction: -

The Niger Delta presented a landscape blasted by the oil industry, the lives of millions of people wasted and corrupted. What I began to understand, by talking to and living with the local people, made me aware of the grim human condition, (the inequity of the social economy), as a great injustice, whereby the mass of humanity had not only been dispossessed of its land rights, but also of its dignity. Much of my intelligence thereafter became focused upon a craving to understand why our society had engineered and subsequently tolerated such degradation of nature, and its dependant humanity. This strengthened my determination to write Landscape, Wealth and Dispossession, in order to answer the question: How did we come to this cruel and unjust state of affairs? I was already sure that part of the answer was capitalism. Which, far from being an efficient economic instrument for managing resources is, rather, a manifestation of a self-perpetuating psychology of ignorance, greed and stupidity. My experiences since, have confirmed that view, and convinced me that all people suffer deep feelings of loss and despair arising from their divorce from the natural world.