From Punt to Plough

A History of the Fens

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Author: Rex Sly

Publisher: History Press (SC)

ISBN: 9780750933988

Category: Fens, The (England)

Page: 160

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A superb examination of the history of the Fens, containing a great deal of stunning photographs.

Historical Disaster Experiences

Towards a Comparative and Transcultural History of Disasters Across Asia and Europe

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Author: Gerrit Jasper Schenk

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319491636

Category: Social Science

Page: 436

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Historical disaster research is still a young field. This book discusses the experiences of natural disasters in different cultures, from Europe across the Near East to Asia. It focuses on the pre-industrial era and on the question of similarities, differences and transcultural dynamics in the cultural handling of natural disasters. Which long-lasting cultural patterns of perception, interpretation and handling of disasters can be determined? Have specific types of disasters changed the affected societies? What have people learned from disasters and what not? What adaptation and coping strategies existed? Which natural, societal and economic parameters play a part? The book not only reveals the historical depth of present practices, but also reveals possible comparisons that show globalization processes, entanglements and exchanges of ideas and practices in pre-modern times.

Soil in Their Souls

A History of Fenland Farming

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Author: Rex Sly

Publisher: History PressLtd

ISBN: 9780752457338

Category: History

Page: 160

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Like many of the families in this book, Rex Sly follows in the footsteps of his ancestors who were also farmers in the Fens. The land was reclaimed by forebears, giving this unique bond between "soil and soul"—each generation wishing to leave their soils as a sustainable inheritance to the next. The variety of crops which are grown has changed little over the past half-century, but the traditional farms have been largely replaced by high-tech agro-businesses. Not all farms in the fens are large, though, and the richness of the soils still enables the small grower to survive in a niche marketplace. The greatest change has been from the grower to the consumers' shopping baskets. The marketing chain has changed from markets and merchants to the vast supermarket network: fast and efficient for the grower and value for money for the public. The corn exchanges which witnessed the rise and fall of agriculture over one and a half centuries of history are now no more than farming monuments. The ever-increasing demands on our soils are of concern to those in the Fens. Each generation is replaceable—fen topsoil is not.

Four Fields

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Author: Tim Dee

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409028089

Category: Nature

Page: 288

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In his first book since the acclaimed The Running Sky Tim Dee tells the story of four green fields. Four fields spread around the world: their grasses, their hedges, their birds, their skies, and their natural and human histories. Four real fields – walkable, mappable, man-made, mowable and knowable, but also secretive, mysterious, wild, contested and changing. Four fields – the oldest and simplest and truest measure of what a man needs in life – looked at, thought about, worked in, lived with, written. Dee’s four fields, which he has known for more than twenty years, are the fen field at the bottom of his Cambridgeshire garden, a field in southern Zambia, a prairie field in Little Bighorn, Montana, USA, and a grass meadow in the exclusion zone at Chernobyl, Ukraine. Meditating on these four fields, Dee makes us look anew at where we live and how. He argues that we must attend to what we have made of the wild, to look at and think about the way we have messed things up but also to notice how we have kept going alongside nature, to listen to the conversation we have had with grass and fields. Four Fields is a profound, lyrical book by one of Britain’s very best writers about nature. Shortlisted for the 2014 Ondaatje Prize

Country Life

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Country life

Page: N.A

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Fenland Pumping Engines

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Author: K. S. G. Hinde

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fens, The (England)

Page: 224

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'Fenland Pumping Engines' details the many former drainage engines which powered the wheels and pumps which kept the fens free from flood. The book contains much little known information and photographs, some rare.

Historical Memoirs, Relating to the Housatunnuk Indians: Or, An Account of the Methods Used, and Pains Taken, for the Propagation of the Gospel Among that Heathenish-tribe, and the Success Thereof, Under the Ministry of the Late Reverend Mr. John Sergeant

Together, with the Character of that Eminently Worthy Missionary; and an Address to the People of this Country, Representing the Very Great Importance of Attaching the Indians to Their Interest, Not Only by Treating Them Justly and Kindly, But by Using Proper Endeavours to Settle Christianity Among Them. By Samuel Hopkins, A.M. Pastor of a Church in Springfield. [Two Lines from Peter]

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Author: Samuel Hopkins

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 182

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American Edition of the British Encyclopedia

Or, Dictionary of Arts and Sciences ; Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge

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Author: William Nicholson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Natural history

Page: N.A

View: 758

The British Encyclopedia

Or, Dictionary of Arts and Sciences. Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge

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Author: William Nicholson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Natural history

Page: N.A

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A Dictionary of the English Language

In which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals, and Illustrated in Their Different Significations by Examples from the Best Writers. To which are Prefixed, a History of the Language, and an English Grammar

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Author: Samuel Johnson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: English language

Page: N.A

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Notes and Queries

A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, Etc

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Questions and answers

Page: N.A

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