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pt. I. 'Blue remembered hills': rural society, 1900-21
1. The countryside in a new century, 1900-14
2. The Great War and its aftermath, 1914-21
pt. II. The 'locust years', 1921-39
3. The misfortunes of agriculture, 1921-37
4. Landowners and farmers
5. The traditionalists: farm workers and domestic servants
6. New countrymen and women: workers and trippers
pt. II. The second agricultural revolution, 1937-90
7. War and state agriculture 1937-45
8. 'Tractors plus chemicals': agriculture and farming, 1945-90
pt. IV. What is the countryside for? Rural society, 1945-2001
9. A place to work and a place to play: incomers and outgoers, 1945-90.
Alun Howkins' panoramic survey is a social history of rural England and Wales in the twentieth century. He examines the impact of the First World War, the role of agriculture throughout the century, and the expectations of the countryside that modern urban people harbour. Howkins analyzes the role of rural England as a place for work as well as leisure, and the problems caused by these often conflicting roles. This overview will be welcomed by anyone interested in agricultural and social history, historical geographers, and all those interested in rural affairs. (source: Nielsen Book Data)