Approaches to Landscape by Richard Muir (auth.)

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1988 p. 11) He considered that if the modern approaches seemed to place more emphasis on human agency than upon landscape, this tendency was even more marked in the case of the post-modern approaches: The roots of 'post-modern' studies in historical geography- those which seek humanistic interpretation rather than scientific explanations - may lie deep in the past of our discipline but it is also clear that more historical geographers have come increasingly to view the study of landscape and place as a concern not only with patterns of structures and processes of change but also with symbolic significance and social meaning.

136) puts it: The tradition of historical landscape analysis is ... universal in the older tradition of historical geography, and its appeal easily understood. It is not a subject confined to geography, and broadens progressively to include a wide range of disciplines and subdisciplines, including archaeology, industrial archaeology, and urban and planning history. Echoing the point made earlier in this chapter about the 'get up and go' character of landscape history, he warns that: It does, however, pose some difficulties to those who seek a broader, more consciously theoretical engagement with the past, for it does seem to reflect or epitomize a seemingly neutral, objective approach, generally free from explicit theoretical statements and formulations and free from value judgements: the evidence of the landscape is allowed to speak to its skilled interpreters as hard or factual evidence.

The great innovator was one Frederik Gordon, the son of a decorator, who opened a restaurant in the City of London for businessmen in the 1870s; soon after the Holborn Restaurant for middle-class visitors appeared. The project was a success and soon restaurants mushroomed in every large town and city. (Taylor and Muir, 1983 p. 333) Paralleling the thread linking Allcroft to Taylor, and often entwining or merging with it, was the one representing academic historical geography. For much of this century, historical geography's leading practitioner was H.

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