The Countryside: Ten Rural Walks Through Britain And Its Hidden History Of Empire

  • Autor: Corinne Fowler
  • Narrador: Corinne Fowler
  • Editora: Simon & Schuster
  • Duração: 14:15:00


Ten walks through idyllic scenery reveal the countryside’s forgotten links to transatlantic slavery and colonialism—a work of accessible history that will transform our understanding of British landscapes and heritage.

The green fields, rugged highlands, and rolling hills of England, Scotland, and Wales are commonly associated with adventure, romance, and seclusion as well as literary figures like Jane Austen and William Wordsworth. But in reality, many of these rural places—with their country houses, lakes, and shorelines—were profoundly changed by British colonial activity. Even hamlets and villages were affected by distant colonial events.

Taking ten country walks, author Corinne Fowler explores the unique colonial dimensions of British agriculture, copper-mining, landownership, wool-making, coastal trade, and factory work in cotton mills. One route shows the links between English country houses and Indian colonization. Another explores banking history in Southern England and its link to slavery on Louisianan plantations. Other walks uncover the historical impact of sugar profits on the Scottish isles and 18th-century tobacco imports on an English coastal port. The history of these countryside locations—and the people who lived and worked in them—is closely bound up with colonial rule in far-away continents.

Accompanying the author on her walks are a fascinating group of people—artists, musicians, and writers—with strong attachments to the landscapes featured in this book and family links to former British colonies like Barbados and Senegal. These companions illuminate the meaning of colonial history in local settings. Crucially, this is not just a history book but a compassionate reflection on the way we respond to sensitive, shared histories which link people across cultures, generations, and political divides.


  • 001 TheCountryside Open

    Duração: 38s
  • 002 TheCountryside Dedication

    Duração: 22s
  • 003 TheCountryside Epigraph

    Duração: 25s
  • 004 TheCountryside Preface

    Duração: 16min
  • 005 TheCountryside Introduction AColonialHistoryOfTheBritishCountryside

    Duração: 01h04min
  • 006 TheCountryside Chapter1 TheSugarWalk JuraAndIslay

    Duração: 01h07min
  • 007 TheCountryside Chapter2 TheEastIndiaCompanyWalk WordsworthAndTheLakeDistrict a

    Duração: 48min
  • 008 TheCountryside Chapter2 TheEastIndiaCompanyWalk WordsworthAndTheLakeDistrict b

    Duração: 39min
  • 009 TheCountryside Chapter3 TheTobaccoWalk WhitehavenCoast a

    Duração: 36min
  • 010 TheCountryside Chapter3 TheTobaccoWalk WhitehavenCoast b

    Duração: 47min
  • 011 TheCountryside Chapter4 TheCottonWalk EastLancashire a

    Duração: 46min
  • 012 TheCountryside Chapter4 TheCottonWalk EastLancashire b

    Duração: 37min
  • 013 TheCountryside Chapter5 TheWoolWalk DolgellauAndTheAmericas

    Duração: 57min
  • 014 TheCountryside Chapter6 AnIndianWalkInTheCotswolds a

    Duração: 43min
  • 015 TheCountryside Chapter6 AnIndianWalkInTheCotswolds b

    Duração: 30min
  • 016 TheCountryside Chapter7 TheEnclosureWalk NorfolkAndJamaica a

    Duração: 34min
  • 017 TheCountryside Chapter7 TheEnclosureWalk NorfolkAndJamaica b

    Duração: 44min
  • 018 TheCountryside Chapter8 TheBankersWalk HampshireAndLouisiana a

    Duração: 39min
  • 019 TheCountryside Chapter8 TheBankersWalk HampshireAndLouisiana b

    Duração: 39min
  • 020 TheCountryside Chapter9 TheLabourersWalk TolpuddleAndBritishPenalColonies a

    Duração: 41min
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