The Archaeology of Improvement in Britain, 1750-1850

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Januar 2007



In this innovative study, Sarah Tarlow shows how the archaeology of this period manifests a widespread and cross-cutting ethic of improvement, one of the most current concepts of eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain. Theoretically informed and drawn from primary and secondary sources in a range of disciplines, the author considers agriculture and the rural environment, towns, and buildings such as working-class housing and institutions of reform. From bleach baths to window glass, rubbish pits to tea wares, the material culture of the period reflects a particular set of values and aspirations. Tarlow examines the philosophical and historical background to the notion of improvement and demonstrates how this concept is a useful lens through which to examine the material culture of later historical Britain.


1. Introduction; 2. Agricultural improvement; 3. The improved rural landscape; 4. Towns and civic improvement; 5. Improving the people; 6. The right stuff; 7. Final thoughts.


Sarah Tarlow is Senior Lecturer in Historical Archaeology at the University of Leicester. The author of Bereavement and Commemoration and co-editor of The Familiar Past? Archaeologies of Later Historical Britain, she has published on a wide range of topics and is a member of the editorial board of Archaeological Dialogues.


Review of the hardback: '[Tarlow] produces an extremely useful synthesis of much archaeological and historical research, demonstrating that people in this period made many significant changes to their material world which they described as 'improvement'. ... Tarlow has many useful and original things to say about the archaeology of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. ... this book is well worth reading, and also extremely easy to read - Tarlow writes with clarity and, at times, elegance. ... this is a stimulating and provocative read.' Landscape History
EAN: 9780521864190
ISBN: 0521864194
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Archaeolo'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2007
Seitenanzahl: 222 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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