Landscape Biographies
Landscape Biographies
Geographical, Historical and Archaeological Perspectives on the Production and Transmission of Landscapes
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Preface Jan Kolen & Johannes Renes: Landscape Biographies: Key Issues Edward H. Huijbens & Gisli Palsson: The Marsh of Modernity: The Bog in our Brains and Bowels Jan Kolen: Biographies of Biotopes Edward Huijbens & Karl Benediktsson: Automobile Authorship of Landscapes: A Biographical Vignette of Iceland's Interior Mark Gillings and Joshua Pollard: Authenticity, Artifice, and the Druidical Temple of Avebury Ludvig Paphmehl-Dufay: Places that Matter: Megalithic Monuments from a Biographical Perspective Cornelius Holtorf: What Future for the Life-History Approach to Prehistoric Monuments in the Landscape? Michiel Purmer: 'To preserve the terrain in its present state': Authorship and Conservation in the Eerder Achterbroek Protected Landscape Area (the Netherlands) Hanneke Ronnes: The Quiet Authors of an Early Modern Palatial Landscape: Transformation without Reconstruction at King William's Het Loo Jürgen Stoye: Piet Mondrian 'Victory Boogie Woogie' 1942-44: The Painting as Illustration of the Biography of Landscape David Koren: Shanghai: The Biography of a City John de Jong: A Kaleidoscopic Biography of an Ordinary Landscape: Analysis of the Development of the Neighbourhood Buiten Wittevrouwen (Utrecht -the Netherlands) Wim Hupperetz: The Cultural Biography of a Street: Memory, Cultural Heritage, and Historical Notion of the Visserstraat in Breda, the Netherlands (1200-2000) Felix van Veldhoven: Post-Industrial Coal-Mining Landscapes and the Evolution of Mining Memory Rob van der Laarse: Nazi Landscapes, Modernism, and Holocaust Memory Svava Riesto: A Biography for an Emerging Urban District: Discovering Open Spaces in the Former Carlsberg Breweries, Copenhagen Johannes Renes: Layered Landscapes: A Problematic Theme in Historic Landscape Research Helen Sooväli-Sepping: Biographies of Landscape: Locals' Perceptions of Landscape Heritage

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"This rich book offers a way of creating fresh and engaging narratives of our landscapes."' - Graham Fairclough, Bulletin KNOB

Landscape Biographies

Geographical, Historical and Archaeological Perspectives on the Production and Transmission of Landscapes

Landscape Biographies explores the long and complex histories of landscapes from personal and social perspectives. As an essential part of human life-worlds, landscapes have the potential to absorb something of people's lives, works, and thoughts. But landscapes also shape their own life-histories at different timescales, transcending human life-cycles and generating their own temporalities and rhythms. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that the co-scripting of landscapes and people figures prominently in the (auto-)biographical works of writers and attracts the interest of geographers, archaeologists, historians, and anthropologists. This has even resulted in a new genre in landscape research, rapidly gaining in popularity, under the heading of 'landscape biography'. In Landscape Biographies, twenty geographers, archaeologists, historians, and anthropologists investigate the diverse ways in which landscapes and monuments have been constructed, transmitted, and transformed from prehistory up to the present, from Manhattan to Shanghai, from Iceland to Portugal, and from England to Estonia. Among the authors are distinguished scholars like Gísli Pálsson, Cornelius Holtorf, Joshua Pollard, and Mark Gillings.

Rita Hermans

Rita Hermans is coordinator at CLUE+, the Research Institute for Culture, History and Heritage at the VU University Amsterdam.

Jan Kolen

Jan Kolen is professor of Landscape Archaeology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and director of the research institute CLUE (Research Institute for the Heritage and History of the Cultural Landscape and Urban Environment).

Hans Renes

Hans Renes is historical geographer at Utrecht University and professor in Heritage and Planning at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.