Fear of farming

Caroline Wickham-Jones

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The environmental crisis is one of the most pressing concerns to face the population of the world today. The debate centres on the way in which our current problems are of recent making and how we might fix them. But in reality the issue is far more fundamental than that and it stretches back further in time than many of us might think. This book traces the origins of our present situation to the changes that came about with the introduction of farming to Britain 6000 years ago and the inexorable course of human development since then. This is a course which has set us on the path to catastrophe. However, there is hope. The book also looks at the much older traits from a way of life long gone in Britain, from the hunter-gatherers who lived here over the millennia before the introduction of farming. These traits, almost forgotten, but never quite lost, are still to be found in society today. They are now re-surfacing and may hold many of the keys to our continued existence.
This is a book about the way we live and the attitudes we hold. It is a book about archaeology and the influence of the past on the present. It is also a book about the future.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford, United Kingdom
PublisherOxbow Books
Number of pages176
ISBN (Print)1905119321, 978-1905119325
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2010


  • mesolithic
  • neolithic


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