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The seaside, health and the environment in England and Wales since 1800 /
John Hassan.
imprint
Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2003.
description
xiii, 296 p. : ill.
ISBN
1840142650 (hardback : alk. paper)
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imprint
Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2003.
isbn
1840142650 (hardback : alk. paper)
catalogue key
5068069
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [265]-291) and index.
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Summaries
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The 2,700 miles of coastline of England and Wales offers a range of natural and scenic qualities that may assist visitors to recover from physical or even spiritual ill-health. John Hassan's study confronts the dilemmas facing seaside and coastal regions as they attempt to come to terms with years of neglect.
Long Description
The seaside has always held a special position in British history as a place of rest, relaxation and recuperation. Over the last 200 years many have made their way to the coast, attracted by the long sunshine hours, the clean ozone-charged air and the opportunities for bathing in and even drinking sea-water. Although the early health resort ideal began to give way to more pleasure orientated themes in the nineteenth century, the seaside holiday was still regarded by many as a wholesome and invigorating break from inland urban life well into the twentieth century. Yet with ever increasing numbers of visitors and rising levels of coastal pollution, this was by no means a forgone conclusion.The Seaside, Health and the Environment in England and Wales since 1800 explores the ways in which English seaside resorts continually reinvented themselves to take account of contemporary trends in popular leisure and maintain their hold on the public's imagination. Particular account is paid to the interwar years when new obsessions with outdoor activities such as sunbathing and tanning were purposefully adopted by the industry to define the modern image of the resort holiday.For these and other reasons the seaside holiday reached new peaks of popularity in the 1930s and 1950s, yet, this very success placed enormous pressures on the environmental amenities that people came to enjoy. As this work shows, environmental stresses were manifold, particularly pollution of the resorts' prime assets, their beaches. As such, serious questions are raised concerning why it took such a long time for a determined effort to be made to reverse beach pollution, and the lessons to be learned regarding the impact of negative images of the coast as a zone of danger and infection.
Main Description
The Seaside, Health and the Environment in England and Wales since 1800 explores the ways in which the English seaside resorts continually reinvented themselves to take account of contemporary trends in popular leisure and maintain their hold on the public's imagination. Particular account is paid to the interwar years when new obsessions with outdoor activities such as sunbathing and tanning were purposefully adopted by the industry to define the modern image of the resort holiday.
Table of Contents
List of Tablesp. viii
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. x
General Editor's Prefacep. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
Georgian Originsp. 15
The Victorian and Edwardian Periodsp. 31
Escape to Sun and Lightp. 75
Fun, Crowds and Problems in the Inter-war Periodp. 108
Post-war Golden Years and Controversies, 1945-1976p. 134
The Coastal Anti-Pollution League, 1958-1987p. 171
Environmental Awakening: the 1970s and 1980sp. 192
Muscular Activism and Pressure Groups in the 1990sp. 219
Past and Future Challengesp. 242
Referencesp. 265
Indexp. 292
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