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In search of England: war in the countryside, 1930-1960

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In the 1920s and 30s, England developed an identity crisis. In trying to work out who it really was, it became obsessed with its own countryside and with the links to the past seen to reside there. The preoccupation was vented through a boom in countryside writing. Guides and histories of the English countryside proliferated, and continued in popularity through and beyond the Second World War. I question the changing identities expressed in this writing, by looking at how the physical realities of war were written into the countryside.

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