Paradise lost : rural idyll and social change in England since 1800 /
Jeremy Burchardt.
London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2002.
238 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
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London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2002.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [222]-228) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Jeremy Burchardt is a lecturer in Rural History at Reading University.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-05-01:
This important contribution to the history of the modern English countryside looks at rural England through the evolution of the idea of the "countryside" and the significant consequences of changing ideas and attitudes, rather than as an agricultural history, as most studies have done. Burchardt (Univ. of Reading) argues that the meaning of the countryside has been determined not simply by its utility for food production, but as an object of consumption by a rapidly expanding urban society. At the center of his study is the "myth of rural England," an idealization of the countryside as a release and refuge from the pressures of urban life. Burchardt stresses the radical divergence between the real and the imagined countryside and the current tensions between town and country. This approach allows him to address an array of issues, such as literary attitudes toward the countryside, English radicalism, preservationism, rambling, the organic movement, model villages and garden cities, planning legislation, patterns of recreation, and the changing meaning of the village. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. For students of modern Britain, environmental history, and well-read travelers. C. W. Wood Jr. Western Carolina University
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"Highly recommended. For students of modern Britain, environmental history, and well-read travelers."--C.W. Wood Jr., Choice " ideal text for students and newcomers to the field."--Alun Howkins, Social History Society's Bulletin
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Jeremy Burchardt argues that the town versus country debate lies at the root of modern English history. He demonstrates the remarkable influence that attitudes to the English countryside have had on the evolution of modern English life.
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In this remarkable book Jeremy Burchardt traces the influence that attitudes toward the countryside have had on the evolution of modern British life. In the "town versus country" debate, Burchardt looks at the idealization of the countryside by artists and writers, the development of anti-urban and anti-industrial values, rural-urban commuting, environmentalist criticism of industrial farming, and the effect on government policy, social structure, and economic dynamism.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vi
Introductionp. 1
Industrialization and Urbanizationp. 13
Literature and the Countryside, c.1800 to c.1870p. 25
Radicalism and the Land, c.1790 to c.1850p. 35
Gardens, Allotments and Parksp. 46
Model Villages and Garden Citiesp. 58
Literary Attitudes to the Countryside in the Later Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuriesp. 67
Land Reform After 1850p. 77
Preservationism, 'Englishness' and the Rise of Planning, c.1880-1939p. 89
The Economic Consequences of Rural Nostalgiap. 112
Ramblingp. 121
The Organic Movemenet Before and During the Second World Warp. 131
Rural Reconstruction Between the Warsp. 141
Rural Change and the Legislative Framework, 1939 to 2000p. 150
Agriculture and the Environmentp. 168
Recreation in the Countryside Since the Second World Warp. 178
Intra-village Social Change and Attitudinal Conflict in the Twentieth Centuryp. 187
Town, Country and Politics at the End of the Twentieth Centuryp. 198
Notesp. 209
Select Bibliographyp. 222
Indexp. 229
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