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The Invention of the Park


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Table of Contents

Introduction: Defining the Park.

1. From Ancient Groves to Versailles.

2. The English Landscape Park.

3. City Park: Bringing the Country to the Metropolis.

4. Nature and Recreation in the National Park.

5. Amusement Parks and Theme Parks.

6. Trapping Nature in the Animal Park.

7. Expanding the Park Experience.

Conclusion: The Park Ideal from Paradise to Utopia.


A Guide to Further Reading.



About the Author

Karen Jones, Lecturer in American Historyat the School of History, University of KentJohn Wills, Teacher in American Studies, Sociology and History, University of Essex


'English landscape parks, nature parks and science parks are skilfully examined in this insightful book. Jones and Wills deftly treat a wide range of topics and eras, but never lose sight of the park idea expressed in all of them.'
Thomas Zeller, University of Maryland

'Jones and Wills are a formidable talent. They take us on a thrilling journey across the world, from ancient to modern times, visiting a diverse range of parks en route: the large and small, the rural and urban, the wild and landscaped, the game and sporting, the lived in and playground, and the traditional and industrial. At all the park stops, we are challenged to think about the dynamic and changing relationship between Nature and People over time.'
Robert Lambert, University of Nottingham

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