Ronald Rees

In the 1880s, writes Ronald Rees, an English community brought with it to Canada hunting, horse-racing, cricket, tennis and rugby.

Though originally seen as ‘monstrous excrescences of nature’, Ronald Rees writes, mountains came into their own during the eighteenth century and began to inspire poetic awe and reverence.

1858 Punch cartoon 'Father Thames introducing his offspring to the Fair City of London' - an acid comment on contemporary views that foul surroundings breed foul diseases.

Climate, disease and the relationship between them fascinated 18th-century observers on both sides of the Atlantic. Ronald Rees explores the debate and its significance.

Set–piece contests about industrial pollution are nothing new – as Ronald Rees reveals in this tale of epic legal struggles in south Wales during the Industrial Revolution.