Village England: A Social History of the Countryside Trevor Wild

ISBN: 9781860649394

Published: May 7th 2004

Hardcover

224 pages


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Village England: A Social History of the Countryside  by  Trevor Wild

Village England: A Social History of the Countryside by Trevor Wild
May 7th 2004 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 224 pages | ISBN: 9781860649394 | 8.29 Mb

The romantic imagery of village England and the prominence that this commands in English cultural identity is well known. Yet just how accurate is this notion of the rural idyll in which the organic nature of village life was gradually undermined,MoreThe romantic imagery of village England and the prominence that this commands in English cultural identity is well known. Yet just how accurate is this notion of the rural idyll in which the organic nature of village life was gradually undermined, and destroyed, by social and economic factors?

Trevor Wild explores the evolution of village England from earliest times until the present. Drawing upon both contemporary accounts and recent scholarship he provides a revealing account of the major transformations affecting the evolution of the English village.

Of particular interest is the books coverage of the more recent past, with the whittling away of the great estates, the appearance of such institutions as the village hall, and the development of alternative systems of power such as the councils. In a final chapter the author urges for an inclusive approach to village history in which all groups of people have played a part and every building--not just the picturesque cottage, ancient church and squires mansion--has significance..



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