Imperial Mud (Hardback)
The Fight for the Fens
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An innovative new take on the drainage of the Fens, framed in the language of colonialism, Imperial Mud upends the narrative of this being a triumph of technology over nature. The final destruction of England’s last lowland wilderness and the dispossession of its custodians was not an inevitable consequence of ‘progress’, but of the growing power of a centralised and militarised state.
James Boyce is a multi-award-winning Australian
historian. His first book, Van Diemen’s Land, was described by Richard
Flanagan as ‘the most significant colonial history since The Fatal Shore’.
1835: The Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia was The
Age’s Book of the Year, while Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making
of the Western World was hailed by The Washington Post as ‘an
exhilarating work of popular scholarship’.