volume 71, issue 176, P281-302 1998
DOI: 10.1111/1468-2281.00065
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Abstract: Abstract Because of its overtly propagandist associations, William Dugdale's History of Imbanking and Drayning (1662) has been ignored by historians or at best dismissed as inferior to his other writings. Examination of its content, however, suggests that it deserves some credit as a carefully‐researched piece with some genuinely innovative features. The drainage company's records reveal how Dugdale was commissioned to write the work: his skills as an antiquarian were valued as a means of streng…

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