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The settlement patterns of Britain : past, present and the future foretold in eight essays

The settlement patterns of Britain : past, present and the future foretold in eight essays / Nick Green.
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2022.
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viii, 192 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
"In writing The Settlement Patterns of Britain Nick Green was inspired by the short story genre. His book is a collection of eight non-fiction short stories or essays, where the characters are the places, some of which appear more than once, usually as bit-part players, occasionally as the main protagonist. Preceded by a prologue describing Britain's prehistory as a European peninsula, each essay covers a fixed period in the history of the development of Britain's settlement patterns, sometimes long, more often quite short, beginning around 2,500 BC and ending about one hundred years in the future. Nick Green chose those periods that are particularly instructive in revealing how settlement patterns come to exist in the form they do and how they might develop in the future. Settlement patterns are not just about where a place is, but about how that place relates to others. They wax and wane with circumstance, and around each settlement's fixed core, the patterns of living and working shift constantly, driven by forces beyond the control of any individual town or city or village. From Bronze Age communities to computer simulations, from the mediaeval wool trade to the hyper-networked society, from Viking invasions to the post-industrial era, the essays cover a broad sweep of history. They appear in chronological order, but are not intended to provide a continuous, linear historical narrative - nor do they: each essay is freestanding so they can be read in whatever order the reader prefers"-- Provided by publisher.
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Online version: Green, Nick, 1965- Settlement patterns of Britain London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2022
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November 15, 2022
Planning, history, and the environment series.
Planning, history and environment series
Includes bibliographical references and index.
The dawning of the tenth wave : a prologue to the eight essays
Of hillforts and homesteads : settlement patterns in the bronze and iron ages
See, the conquering bureaucrat comes : Roman-British settlement patterns, c. 150 AD
To be, then not to be : the demise of the Hamlet in England, 850-1086
A small town in Gloucestershire : Cirencester and the international wool trade
Travels with Mr Defoe and some others : journeys through Britain's pre-industrial settlement patterns
Towards hyper-polycentricity : or what a giant fungus can teach us about settlement patterns
The uses of consolatory fables : how computer models can help us understand settlement patterns
Biography of an island foretold.

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