A country at war: mass-observation and rural England, 1939–45

Howkins, Alun (1998) A country at war: mass-observation and rural England, 1939–45. Rural History, 9 (1). pp. 75-97. ISSN 0956-7933

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Abstract

The history of the rural areas during the Second World War is virtually unstudied. There is some work on agriculture and agricultural policies, but the extent to which these rely on K.A.H.Murray's ‘official’ history, published in 1955, is testimony both to the quality of Murray's work and the general paucity of more recent published research. Moving away from the directly official, or economic history, we move into the field of memoir and reminiscence. Good as many of these are, they obviously seldom make any attempt at sustained analysis. Crucially, the rural areas have been left out of accounts of the social history of the war, such as Angus Calder's magisterial studyThe People's War, first published in 1971.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA History of Great Britain > DA020 England
D History General and Old World > DA History of Great Britain > DA020 England > DA129 By period > DA300 Modern, 1485- > DA566 20th century
Depositing User: Alun John Howkins
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:06
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2012 08:25
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29534
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