The Contested Countryside: Rural Politics and Land Controversy in Modern Britain (International Library of Political Studies v. 24)

The Contested Countryside: Rural Politics and Land Controversy in Modern Britain (International Library of Political Studies v. 24)

By: Philip Conford (editor), Jeremy Burchardt (editor)Hardback

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Life in rural Britain has changed beyond recognition since the beginning of the 20th century. Not only dramatic events such as the ban on hunting and mad cow disease but also the growth of the organic movement, changes in farming practices and increasing rural poverty have all had an effect on how we view the countryside and the people who live there. In "The Contested Countryside", the authors put contemporary rural issues in their historical context, which they argue is essential in order to see modern problems in a clearer light - and perhaps even find some solutions."The Contested Countryside" examines the historical background to some of the main controversies of contemporary rural life. The authors explore key elements of rural life, including the varying responses to animal disease from Biblical times to the 2001 outbreak of foot-and-mouth, the relationship between farming methods and landscape preservation as well as organic farming, the role of the European Union and the truth about the Countryside Alliance. In the process they address the thorny question of whether the countryside can still support a rural population. "The Contested Countryside" is essential reading for anyone with an interest in 21st-century rural life in Britain.

About Author

Jeremy Burchardt is a Lecturer in Rural History at Reading University. His previous publications include Paradise Lost (I.B.Tauris) and The Allotment Movement in England. Philip Conford is a leading authority on the history of organic movement in Britain and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of History, University of Reading.


Acknowledgements, vi; List of Contributors, vii; Introduction: Farming and the Countryside, 1; Jeremy Burchardt. Suggested Further Reading, 17; 1. Land Use and Leisure: Leslie Scott and the Contested Countryside, 19; Simon Miller; 2. An Organic Countryside: Agriculture for Body, Soul and Nation, 39; Philip Conford; 3. Agriculture's Role Within the UK, 61; Sir John Marsh; 4. Agricultural Incomes: A Damaging History of Disjunction Between Policy Concern and Evidence, 81; Berkeley Hill; 5. Murrains to Mad Cows: A Very Short History Of Governments, People and Animal Diseases, 117; Paul Brassley; 6. 'Listen to Us!': Country Sports and the Mobilization of a Marginalized Constituency, 145; Graham Cox; 7. From Agricultural Poverty to Social Exclusion: Shifting Approaches to Rural Poverty in England, 167; Paul Milbourne; 8. 'The Land of Lost Content': Ruralism Englishness and Historical Change in the Countryside, 1890-1900 00, 187; Alun Howkins; Index, 203.

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  • ISBN13: 9781845117153
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
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  • ISBN10: 1845117158

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