Ideas of Landscape
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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“One might suggest that in this excellent work, Johnson has written an archaeology of knowledge concerning landscape studies. A glossary and illustrations add meaningfully to a work of much industry … Highly recommended.” (Choice)
“Ideas of Landscape is a towering contribution--shall we say, a high vantage point from which one can
survey a scholarly landscape?” (Canadian Journal of Archaeology)
–Margaret Drabble, Times Literary Supplement
"Ideas of Landscape is a challenging and accessible contribution to an expanding theoretical and historical field. Mobilizing the English topographical tradition of scholarship, centred on the writings of W.G. Hoskins, the book positions a critical understanding of landscape, as both cultural representation and physical reality, at the centre of the study of the past and its meanings in the present."
–Stephen Daniels, Professor of Cultural Geography, University of Nottingham
"Matthew Johnson writes an archaeology of knowledge for landscape studies. He enables us to know what to study next by knowing how the field was formed and the mistakes its practitioners made. Both a deconstruction and a forecast, Johnson's volume ranks with the new books on race by Orser, on colonialism by Schrire, and with his own foundational An Archaeology of Capitalism. With these books historical archaeology is mature."
–Mark P. Leone, Professor of Anthropology, University of Maryland