The sixth volume to be published in the major ten-volume new history of the county of Kent, and the first detailed study of the development of Kent over the past hundred years.
Each of the ten chapters begins by evoking a picture of Kent on the eve of the First World War and looking at the changes that have taken place between then and the present day in the area under discussion. Particular attention is paid to the impact of the two World Wars on Kent; to the influence of national events on local institutions and people; to the role of the county council in the development of many aspects of life in Kent; and to the major economic and social changes of the last thirty years, many of them associated with Britain's entry into the European economic community and Kent's strategic importance as a corridor linking London and Britain to Europe.
NIGEL YATES is senior research fellow in church history, University of Wales, Lampeter.
Population, Michael Rawcliffe; the economy of Kent - an overview, Alan E. Booth; agriculture and rural society, Alan Armstrong; transport, Gerald Crompton; politics, Brian Atkinson; housing, Michael Rawcliffe; health and social welfare, Paul Hastings and Nigel Yates; popular education, Ian Coulson; religion, Robin Gill; culture and leisure, Nigel Yates. 1