The publication of W. G. Hoskins, The Making of the English Landscape (1955), was intended as a general introduction to the subject, to be followed by a series of books on the counties of England, under the general editorship of Hoskins (and later Roy Millward). Volumes on Cornwall, Lancashire, Leicestershire, and Gloucestershire followed quickly. The format changed in 1970 with the appearance of the volumes on Dorset and the West Riding of Yorkshire. Eighteen volumes were published in all. They were intended to make the research of scholars accessible to a wider public and to provide a general survey from prehistoric times to the present day.