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The English Channel - A History

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A lucid and comprehensively written study of the English Channel and its part in our island's life and history. It is the story of the sea itself and of its ever-changing coastline from its formation eight thousand years ago to the present day; of how it brings harbours, beaches and coastal towns into being or causes their downfall; of how much the history of England owes to the geography of the Channel coastline.

The author explains the Channel's influence on England's development in relation to the rest of the world in war, commerce and overseas expansion and describes the close relation of progress in ship-building to these matters; in particular he discusses England's relation to the Continent when she was herself invaded or in danger of invasion from prehistoric times to 1940. There is a chapter on the Cinque Ports, describing their origins and growth, the long-vanished coastline on which they flourished and the causes of their decline. The rise of the western ports is traced, and their expanding trading horizons to Bordeaux, the Peninsula and the Mediterranean, and then to the ocean and the West. In the latter part of the book the rise of the coast resorts if treated, their rapid growth in the railway age and their transformation by the motor-car.

There are some tears to the dust-jacket but it is protected by a clear plastic cover. There is some fading to the front free endpaper but overall the book is clean throughout.

Item details

Author(s):
Williamson, J.A.
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
6" by 8.5" by 1.5"
Edition:
First, 1959
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
381
Publisher:
Collins Clear-Type Press
Title:
The English Channel - A History

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A lucid and comprehensively written study of the English Channel and its part in our island's life and history. It is the story of the sea itself and of its ever-changing coastline from its formation eight thousand years ago to the present day; of how it brings harbours, beaches and coastal towns into being or causes their downfall; of how much the history of England owes to the geography of the Channel coastline.

The author explains the Channel's influence on England's development in relation to the rest of the world in war, commerce and overseas expansion and describes the close relation of progress in ship-building to these matters; in particular he discusses England's relation to the Continent when she was herself invaded or in danger of invasion from prehistoric times to 1940. There is a chapter on the Cinque Ports, describing their origins and growth, the long-vanished coastline on which they flourished and the causes of their decline. The rise of the western ports is traced, and their expanding trading horizons to Bordeaux, the Peninsula and the Mediterranean, and then to the ocean and the West. In the latter part of the book the rise of the coast resorts if treated, their rapid growth in the railway age and their transformation by the motor-car.

There are some tears to the dust-jacket but it is protected by a clear plastic cover. There is some fading to the front free endpaper but overall the book is clean throughout.

Author(s):
Williamson, J.A.
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
6" by 8.5" by 1.5"
Edition:
First, 1959
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
381
Publisher:
Collins Clear-Type Press
Title:
The English Channel - A History

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