As David Matless
shows, skill in map reading was, during this period, configured as a method of properly mastering territory and using it appropriately (72-79).
Against the anti-urban stance of the organicists, fringe figures often inhabiting the political far right, Matless
presents a cavalcade of progressive individuals and ventures -- before, during and after the last war -- ranging from the Cambridgeshire Village Colleges, the post-war New Towns and even the careful pilgrimage route of the CND marchers.
At the time, 17-year-old Ms Samantha Rackstraw, of Griston, Norfolk, had been jogging when she was struck by a Ford Transit van being driven by Matless
who had just overtaken another car.
Thrift N, 1994, "Inhuman geographies: landscapes of speed, light and power", in Writing the Rural: Five Cultural Geographies Eds P Cloke, M Doel, D Matless
, M Phillips, N Thrift (Paul Chapman, London) pp 191-248
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As David Matless
argues, however, urban planning from its modern inception was never simply nostalgic for a nature whose time has irrevocably passed; if early 20th-century planners recognized the ruination of nature and sought to preserve what was left, they also optimistically looked towards the creation of future places that would reconcile the natural past and the modern present (Matless
More recently, researchers have suggested ways in which the Cold War can be studied in self-reflective, microsociological, and more than textual ways (MacDonald, 2006a; 2008; Matless
et al, 2008), paying attention in particular to abandoned military landscapes, including bunkers (Bennett, 2011a; 2011b; Woodward, 2014, page 46).