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William George Hoskins

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(1908–92) William Hoskins was the great popularizer of local history and, at the same time, the leading academic figure in the subject. He was descended from a long line of Devon ...

Hoskins, William George

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A Dictionary of Human Geography

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2013
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Social sciences, Human Geography
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..., William George ( 1908–92 ) An influential British historian who championed the development of local history. Although he initially trained and worked as an economist, he is best known for his research on landscape history. His key contribution was the book The Making of the English Landscape ( 1955 ), which was made into a BBC television documentary in 1976 , The Landscape of England . Both detailed the influence of human activity on the physical landscape over long periods of time. His work has influenced the heritage and environmental ...

Hoskins, William George

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology (2 ed.)

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2009
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Archaeology, History
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..., William George ( 1908–92 ) [Bi] Renowned British local historian who did much to integrate archaeology with local studies and the understanding of the landscape. Born and brought up in Exeter, he was educated at Hele's School and the University College of the South West (now Exeter University). Youthful explorations of Devon and especially the Exe Valley started his interest in landscapes which he took with him to Bradford Technical College, where he taught for a short time and where he saw the contrasting landscape of Yorkshire. In 1931 he was...

William George Hoskins

William George Hoskins  

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(1908–92)William Hoskins was the great popularizer of local history and, at the same time, the leading academic figure in the subject. He was descended from a long line of Devon yeomen and Exeter ...
Domestic Buildings

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The Oxford Companion to Family and Local History (2 ed.)

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2009
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History, Local and Family History
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...Rebuilding in the 16th and early 17th centuries. This concept was developed and given a national perspective for England by W. G. Hoskins in a seminal essay, ‘The Rebuilding of Rural England, 1570–1640 ’, first published in the academic journal Past and Present in 1953 and later reprinted in his Provincial England ( 1964 ). Although its central thesis has been refined by the detailed regional studies which Hoskins encouraged to test the validity of his generalizations, the essay had a significant impact on bringing the study of vernacular buildings...

Scottish Local and Family History

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The Oxford Companion to Family and Local History (2 ed.)

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2009
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History, Local and Family History
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...to their pioneering volume in the Nelson Regions of the British Isles series The Highlands and Islands of Scotland ( 1962 ). Edinburgh University now has a chair of historical geography. R. N. Millman , The Making of the Scottish Landscape ( 1975 ), owes something to W. G. Hoskins 's classic study of the English landscape, and has been followed by overviews by David Turnock , The Historical Geography of Scotland since 1707 ( 1982 ), Caroline Wickham‐Jones , The Landscape of Scotland ( 2001 ), and Rosemary Gibson , The Scottish Countryside: Its...

Hodder and Stoughton landscape histories

Hodder and Stoughton landscape histories  

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The publication of W. G. Hoskins, The Making of the English Landscape (1955), was intended as a general introduction to the subject, to be followed by a series of books on the counties of England, ...
Great Rebuilding

Great Rebuilding  

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In a pioneering aricle, ‘The Rebuilding of Rural England, 1570–1640’, Past and Present, 4 (1953), W. G. Hoskins argued that agricultural prices increased so much during the Elizabethan and early ...
Leicester University Centre for English Local History

Leicester University Centre for English Local History  

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Founded in 1948 as the Department of English Local History with W. G. Hoskins as reader and sole member, it quickly became a unique postgraduate department concerned with the comparative study of ...
H. P. R. Finberg

H. P. R. Finberg  

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(1900–74)Herbert Finberg was Head of the Department of English Local History at the University of Leicester, first as Reader and then as Professor, from 1952 to his retirement in 1965. His first ...
Highland Zone

Highland Zone  

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[Ge]A term popularized in archaeological circles in Britain by Cyril Fox from the 1930s onwards to refer to the upland regions of the north and west of the British Isles that are characterized by ...
inventories, probate

inventories, probate  

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From the early 16th century to the mid-18th century (and in some districts until much later) it was the custom of the ecclesiastical courts that proved wills in England and ...
prehistory

prehistory  

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The history of the time before written records were kept. The only source of evidence concerning early societies is archaeological. It thus covers an immense period that begins with the study of ...
deserted villages

deserted villages  

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A derelict village site. Most English deserted villages were abandoned in the late Middle Ages, and traces—building lines, lumps of masonry, clumps of nettles, and isolated churches—may still be seen ...
urban topography

urban topography  

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British local history has its roots in the countryside, and it is significant that the historical study of †towns as physical places has often used rural metaphors without any sense of incongruity. ...
Maurice Warwick Beresford

Maurice Warwick Beresford  

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(1920–2005) [Bi]Landscape historian who discovered the lost villages of England. Born on the northern fringes of Birmingham, he attended Bishop Vesey's Grammar School in Sutton Coldfield and Jesus ...
landscape

landscape  

Scenery, either natural (natural landscape) or modified by human activities (cultural landscape); often used to refer to the expanse of scenery that can be seen from a single viewpoint. See also ...
palimpsest

palimpsest  

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(from πάλν ‘again’, and ψηστός ‘rubbed smooth’), a manuscript in which a later writing is superimposed on an effaced earlier writing. Of frequent occurrence in the early Middle Ages because of the ...
vernacular architecture

vernacular architecture  

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Unpretentious, simple, indigenous, traditional structures made of local materials and following well-tried forms and types, normally considered in three categories: agricultural (barns, farms, etc.), ...
enclosure

enclosure  

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The process or policy of fencing in waste or common land so as to make it private property, as pursued in much of Britain in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
Hoskins, W. G.

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The Oxford Companion to Family and Local History (2 ed.)

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2009
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History, Local and Family History
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..., W. G. ( 1908–92 ) William Hoskins was the great popularizer of local history and, at the same time, the leading academic figure in the subject. He was descended from a long line of Devon yeomen and Exeter bakers. His MA thesis at Exeter University was turned into his first book, Industry, Trade and People in Exeter, 1688–1800 ( 1935 ). After teaching for a short time at Bradford Technical College, he lectured at the University College of Leicester from 1931 and taught extramural courses at Vaughan College, Leicester, where he tried out many of his...

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