Landscape and Memory
A.A. Knopf, 1995 - 652 pagina's
"Opening a radically new and original path into history, Simon Schama explores the scenery of our Western culture, both real landscapes and landscapes of the mind that have given us our sense of homeland, the dark woods of our imagined origins. What unfolds is a series of compelling journeys through space and time: from the ancient woodland of Poland, a symbol over the centuries of national endurance, through the forest birthplace of the German psyche, to the Big Trees of Yosemite that gave a new nation its holy past. Through all of history, from pre-classical antiquity to the Third Reich and beyond, Schama uncovers the myths and memories that have stamped themselves on our most basic social instincts and institutions: territorial identity, the wild and domestic, mortality and immortality."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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In 1386 its hunter - king Jagiełło married the Polish queen Jadwiga , creating by
their union the Great Polish realm . Over time the cultural identity of the south and
west of the country was colonized by Poland . Its landowning gentry came to ...
And since true Polish sovereignty had already become a pious fiction by the mid
eighteenth century , it was not surprising when Catherine the Great effectively
imposed her discarded lover , Stanislas Poniatowski , on the Polish parliament ,
Thousands of the old Polish and Lithuanian nobility were dispossessed of their
manors and sent on brutally vindictive forced marches into remote Siberian exile .
In the forest region of Podlasia partisans retreated to the deep woods , among ...
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LANDSCAPE AND MEMORYGebruikersrecensie - Kirkus
With this fascinating, encyclopedic survey of cultural landscapes, Schama (Dead Certainties, 1991, etc.) demonstrates once again just why he holds a charmed place in the literature of historical ... Volledige review lezen
LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - JayLivernois - LibraryThing
I find this a hard book to finish. It is one of those books it seems difficult to get into although the material is interesting and the thought good. Volledige review lezen