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The Draining of the Fens

The Draining of the Fens


  • Date Published: August 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107402980

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  • First published in 1956, as the second edition of a 1940 original, this book forms the companion volume to Medieval Fenland. Together these volumes provide a consummately researched account of changing conditions within a fascinating region. The text is ambitious in scope, reflecting the author's position as a historical geographer, and covers a broad range of disciplinary perspectives, ranging from geology to socio-economic analysis. Numerous illustrative figures are contained, including maps, diagrams and photographs of the area, and a bibliography is also provided. Detailed, yet highly readable, this book will be of value to anyone with an interest in Fenland history and historical geography in general.

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    • Date Published: August 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107402980
    • length: 362 pages
    • dimensions: 203 x 133 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Editor's preface
    Preface to C. U. P. L. E. reprint
    List of maps and diagrams
    List of plates
    Part I. The Prelude to the Draining, 1500–1600:
    1. The dissolution of the monarchies
    2. Preliminary experiments in draining
    Part II. The Fen Project, 1600–63:
    3. Draining activity before the Civil War
    4. Arguments, replies and disorders
    5. Draining activity after the Civil War
    Part III. The Consequences of the Draining:
    6. Outfall difficulties
    7. The lowering of the surface of the Fens
    8. The windmill
    Part IV. The Eighteenth Century: The Age of the Windmill:
    9. The southern Fenland
    10. The northern Fenland
    11. Economic activity
    Part V. The Nineteenth Century: Triumphs and Difficulties:
    12. The tidal rivers and their outfalls
    13. Administrative problems
    14. The steam-engine
    15. Agricultural consequences
    Part VI. Epilogue: Conditions after 1900
    Sources and bibliography

  • Author

    H. C. Darby

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