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Research project: WG Hoskins and the making of landscape archaeology - Dormant - Dormant

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What is the 'English landscape tradition'? Why does it differ so radically from Americanist views of landscape? What are its links with its cultural and social background?  

Answers to these questions can be found in the life and career of one man: WG Hoskins. Active from the 1930s to the 1970s, Hoskins' work helped transform the way we think about English landscapes today. Trained as an economic historian, Hoskins nevertheless crystalised the interdisciplinary study of the landscape. His 1953 book The Making of the English Landscape remained one of the most influential books in the study of landscape today.

Most writing on Hoskins borders takes the extremes of hagiography or negative critique. Yet he continues to challenge us: how did his work fit with ideas of gender, class and Englishness? Why does he remain so influential today?

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Classical and historical archaeology
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