Trees, Woods and Forests

A Social and Cultural History
Author: Charles Watkins
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1780234155
Category: Nature
Page: 288
View: 8478
Forests—and the trees within them—have always been a central resource for the development of technology, culture, and the expansion of humans as a species. Examining and challenging our historical and modern attitudes toward wooded environments, this engaging book explores how our understanding of forests has transformed in recent years and how it fits in our continuing anxiety about our impact on the natural world. Drawing on the most recent work of historians, ecologist geographers, botanists, and forestry professionals, Charles Watkins reveals how established ideas about trees—such as the spread of continuous dense forests across the whole of Europe after the Ice Age—have been questioned and even overturned by archaeological and historical research. He shows how concern over woodland loss in Europe is not well founded—especially while tropical forests elsewhere continue to be cleared—and he unpicks the variety of values and meanings different societies have ascribed to the arboreal. Altogether, he provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary overview of humankind’s interaction with this abused but valuable resource.

The British Arboretum

Trees, Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century
Author: Paul A Elliott
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317323254
Category: Science
Page: 320
View: 5060
This study explores the science and culture of nineteenth-century British arboretums. These were fostered by a variety of factors: global trade and exploration, popularity of collecting, significance to the British economy and society, developments in science, changes in landscape gardening aesthetics and agricultural and horticultural improvement.

The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees

Author: Robert Penn
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393253740
Category: Nature
Page: 256
View: 8887
The story of how one man cut down a single tree to see how many things could be made from it. Out of all the trees in the world, the ash is most closely bound up with who we are: the tree we have made the greatest and most varied use of over the course of human history. One frigid winter morning, Robert Penn lovingly selected an ash tree and cut it down. He wanted to see how many beautiful, handmade objects could be made from it. Thus begins an adventure of craftsmanship and discovery. Penn visits the shops of modern-day woodworkers—whose expertise has been handed down through generations—and finds that ancient woodworking techniques are far from dead. He introduces artisans who create a flawless axe handle, a rugged and true wagon wheel, a deadly bow and arrow, an Olympic-grade toboggan, and many other handmade objects using their knowledge of ash’s unique properties. Penn connects our daily lives back to the natural woodlands that once dominated our landscapes. Throughout his travels—from his home in Wales, across Europe, and America—Penn makes a case for the continued and better use of the ash tree as a sustainable resource and reveals some of the dire threats to our ash trees. The emerald ash borer, a voracious and destructive beetle, has killed tens of millions of ash trees across North America since 2002. Unless we are prepared to act now and better value our trees, Penn argues, the ash tree and its many magnificent contributions to mankind will become a thing of the past. This exuberant tale of nature, human ingenuity, and the pleasure of making things by hand chronicles how the urge to understand and appreciate trees still runs through us all like grain through wood.

The New Naturalists (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 82)

Author: Peter Marren
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007406681
Category: Nature
Page: 364
View: 3793
A history of the most successful, significant and long-running natural history series in the world.

Forms of English History in Literature, Landscape, and Architecture

Author: J. Twyning
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137284706
Category: Art
Page: 250
View: 1963
An exploration of the way English literature has interacted with architectural edifices and the development of landscape as a national style from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century. Analyzing texts in relation to cultural artefacts, each chapter demonstrates the self-conscious production of English consciousness as its most enduring history.

A Dictionary of the English Language

In which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals, Explained in Their Different Meanings, and Authorised by the Names of the Writers in Whose Works They are Found
Author: Samuel Johnson
Publisher: N.A
Category: English language
Page: 986
View: 3137

The Chronicle of Secret Riven

Keeper of Tales Trilogy: Book Two
Author: Ronlyn Domingue
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451688938
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
View: 6546
A girl with wondrous, hidden powers must find the courage to confront her destiny in this breathtaking sequel to The Mapmaker’s War, which New York Times bestseller Deborah Harkness called “an otherworldly tale that charts the all-too-human territory between heartbreak and hope.” To see is a trick of the mind, but to believe is a trick of the heart. Born to brilliant parents one thousand years after a great conflict known as The Mapmaker’s War, Secret Riven is an uncanny child who can mysteriously communicate with plants and animals. When her knowledge of an esoteric symbol brings unwelcome attention, gentle, watchful Secret finds acceptance from Prince Nikolas, her best friend, and Old Woman, who lives in the distant woods. When Secret is twelve, her mother, Zavet, receives an arcane manuscript to translate. Zavet begins to suffer nightmares and withdraws into herself. Secret sickens with a fever and awakens able to speak an ancient language, in which her mother is also fluent. Suddenly, Zavet dies—and the manuscript is missing. The only clue left is a cipher for Secret to find. Soon, she will have a choice to make: confront a destiny tied to an ancient past or deny it, never to know its whole truth. “With the cadence of a fairy tale and the sweeping scope of an epic” (Amy Shearn, author of The Mermaid of Brooklyn), The Chronicle of Secret Riven is a spellbinding tale of love and adventure, myth and legend, fate and free will—and an introduction to an unforgettable heroine.

The Man Who Plants Trees

Author: Jim Robbins
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1847659039
Category: Science
Page: 217
View: 1562
This is an extraordinary book about trees. It's an account by a veteran science journalist that ranges to the limits of scientific understanding: how trees produce aerosols for protection and 'warnings'; the curative effects of 'forest bathing' in Japan; or the impact of trees in fertilizing ocean plankton. There is even science to show that trees are connected to the stars. Trees and forests are far more than just plants: they have myriad functions that help maintain the atmosphere and biosphere. As climate change increases, they will become even more critical to buffer the effects of warmer temperatures, clean our water and air and provide food. If they remain standing. The global forest is also in crisis, and when the oldest trees in the world suddenly start dying - across North America, Europe, the Amazon - it's time to pay attention. At the heart of this remarkable exploration of the power of trees is the amazing story of one man, a shade tree farmer named David Milarch, and his quest to clone the oldest and largest trees - from the California redwoods to the oaks of Ireland - to protect the ancient genetics and use them to reforest the planet.

The Man in the Woods and Other Short Stories

Author: Robert L. Barrett
Publisher: AbbottPress
ISBN: 145821463X
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
View: 1554
It is a sunny day at an Oregon resort as a forest ranger stares in disbelief at the mutilated bodies of six squirrels. As the Riley family pulls into the parking lot to begin a camping trip, they unload the car and joke about the Man in the Woods myth that has plagued the park for decades, without any idea they are about to come face-to-face with a paranormal phenomenon that no one thinks exists—until now. Over fifty years after the Black Force unit is formed to defend the United States against terrorist attacks, a dangerous hacker escapes from a Mexico prison and secretly enters the United States. After Rick Sanchez hacks into the Department of Defense’s system and steals high-tech weapons, The Black Force must do everything in their power to get the weapons back—before it is too late. Two priests warn Sheriff Chris Hill that the Krandel family is about to return from the dead to ensure their prophecy comes true in Menard, Texas. The sheriff must take immediate action—before the devil rises to take over the world again. In this collection of thrilling short stories, an Oregon town attempts to capture an elusive creature, an elite special ops force tries to stop an enraged man, and a sheriff gathers forces to halt a family sacrifice—presenting three unforgettable battles of good versus evil.

The Angry Man and the Weaver

Re-Imagining the Odyssey
Author: Alexander Mescavage,Eunice Taylor
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1496953517
Category: Fiction
Page: 290
View: 2397
A wonderful re-telling of the Odyssey ! It is is captivating and culturally in tune. As the story unfolds the characters come alive bringing readers their worlds. The parallel narrations of Weaver and Angry Man create an empowering dynamic that keeps the reader hanging on to every last adventure. The bond that grows between the two is both captivating and heartbreaking as the gods play them as human pawns. A vividly written and entertaining piece that is a magnificent read. Genevieve Baranuk MSW- Lead Eating Disorder Therapist at the Recovery Village in Umitilla, Florida. This isnt the Odyssey you were forced to read in school! In their second novel, Alexander Mescavage and Eunice Taylor Beauchman offer a steamy and realistic reincarnation of one of the worlds first great works of literature. It shows life as it was in the Bronze Age; gritty, predatory, and full of wonder. Life is cheap. Capricious gods roam the earth and forcing their will upon mankind. The writers breathe life into the old classic and make it rip-roaring modern fiction at its very best! The yarn is visionary and yet true to the Iliad and the Odyssey. The authors have thoroughly studied Homers epics and Mycenaen Plays and have melded them into a comprehensive story between the myths. At the same time, they update the legend with searing archeological and historical exploration. The Word Politics and secrets of the Bronze Age are explored in detail and become terrifying portends of todays world. The reader is struck with how similar and yet how different the ancient people were. The Angry Man and the Weaver: Re-imagining the Odyssey is a thrilling, captivating, and a cant-put-down read. Beauchman and Mescavage easily enchant readers with their story, drawing them in from the very beginning. From the first page of the book to the last of the epilogue, the authors and characters bring readers directly into their world, packing the novel rich with education, excitement, and enjoyment.

The Sacred Tree

the tree in religion and myth
Author: J. H. Philpot
Publisher: London MACMILLAN AND CO
Category: Alcoholism
Page: 136
View: 9315
The reader is requested to bear in mind that this volume lays no claim to scholarship, independent research, or originality of view. Its aim has been to select and collate, from sources not always easily accessible to the general reader, certain facts and conclusions bearing upon a subject of acknowledged interest. In so dealing with one of the many modes of primitive religion, it is perhaps inevitable that the writer should seem to exaggerate its importance, and in isolating a given series of data to undervalue the significance of the parallel facts from which they are severed. It is undeniable that the worship of the spirit-inhabited tree has usually, if not always, been linked with, and in many cases overshadowed by other cults; that sun, moon, and stars, sacred springs and stones, holy mountains, and animals of the most diverse kind, have all been approached with singular impartiality by primitive man, as enshrining or symbolising a divine principle. But no other form of pagan ritual has been so widely distributed, has left behind it such persistent traces, or appeals so closely to modern sympathies as the worship of the tree; of none is the study better calculated to throw light on the dark ways of primitive thought, or to arouse general interest in a branch of research which is as vigorous and fruitful as it is new. For these reasons, in spite of obvious disadvantages, its separate treatment has seemed to the writer to be completely justifiable.

The Tree Where Man Was Born

Author: Peter Matthiessen
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101663197
Category: Nature
Page: 304
View: 8135
A timeless and majestic portrait of Africa by renowned writer Peter Matthiessen (1927-2014), author of the National Book Award-winning The Snow Leopard and the new novel In Paradise A finalist for the National Book Award when it was released in 1972, this vivid portrait of East Africa remains as fresh and revelatory now as on the day it was first published. Peter Matthiessen exquisitely combines nature and travel writing to portray the sights, scenes, and people he observed firsthand in several trips over the course of a dozen years. From the daily lives of wild herdsmen and the drama of predator kills to the field biologists investigating wild creatures and the anthropologists seeking humanity's origins in the rift valley, The Tree Where Man Was Born is a classic of journalistic observation. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by groundbreaking British primatologist Jane Goodall. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

A history of the Earth and Animated Nature

Author: Oliver Goldsmith
Publisher: N.A
Page: N.A
View: 2873

The Sportsman's Dictionary; Or, The Gentleman's Companion for Town and Country

Containing ... Instructions for ... Hunting ... Fishing ... Cocking ... With the Various Methods to be Observed in Breeding ... of Horses ... Also, the Management of ... Ducks ... Singing-birds, Etc. ...
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Sports
Page: 1
View: 4019

The New and Complete Dictionary of the English Language ...

To which is Prefixed, a Comprehensive Grammar
Author: John Ash
Publisher: N.A
Category: English language
Page: N.A
View: 901

A General Abridgment of Law and Equity

Alphabetically Digested Under Proper Titles, with Notes and References to the Whole
Author: Charles Viner
Publisher: N.A
Category: Law
Page: N.A
View: 4580

A Forest Journey: The Story of Wood and Civilization

Author: John Perlin
Publisher: The Countryman Press
ISBN: 1581579152
Category: Nature
Page: 464
View: 6819
A contemporary view of the effects of wood, as used for building and fuel, and of deforestation on the development of civilization. Until the ascendancy of fossil fuels, wood has been the principal fuel and building material from the dawn of civilization. Its abundance or scarcity greatly shaped, as A Forest Journey ably relates, the culture, demographics, economy, internal and external politics, and technology of successive societies over the millennia. The book's comprehensive coverage of the major role forests have played in human life--told with grace, fluency, imagination, and humor—gained it recognition as a Harvard Classic in Science and World History and as one of Harvard's "One-Hundred Great Books." Others receiving the honor include such luminaries as Stephen Jay Gould and E. O. Wilson. This new paperback edition will add a prologue and an epilogue to reflect the current situation in which forests have become imperative for humanity's survival.

The Wild Man of the Woods

Author: Elie Berthet
Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
ISBN: 0809501996
Category: Fiction
Page: 156
View: 6219
Elie Berthet (1818-1891) was a 19th century French novelist. His works include L'enfant des bois (1865) (as The Wild Man of the Woods, 1868), and The Pre-Historic World (1876; translated into English by Mary J. Safford in 1879) and La Bete du Gevaudan (1858), a novel about a famous feral child. He is viewed as an influence on the development of the genre of "ape-man" fiction that ultimately led to the creation of Tarzan.

The Man Whom the Trees Loved

Author: Algernon Blackwood
Publisher: The Floating Press
ISBN: 1775560066
Category: Fiction
Page: 96
View: 1271
A lot of us like to describe ourselves as outdoorsy types and nature lovers – but what do phrases like that actually signify? In Algernon Blackwood's The Man Whom the Trees Loved, the writer known for his grasp on the weird and uncanny explores what it really means to love nature – and the bizarre things that can happen when nature loves us back.

Mountains and Man

A Study of Process and Environment
Author: Larry W. Price
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520058866
Category: Mountain people
Page: 506
View: 807