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Rural Modernity in Britain: A Critical Intervention

Kristin Bluemel and Michael McCluskey


Rural Modernity in Britain argues that the rural areas of twentieth-century Britain were impacted by modernization just as much—if not more—than urban and suburban areas. It shifts the focus for studies of modernity and modernism onto the art, industries, and everyday life of rural people and places. In the early twentieth century, rural areas experienced economic depression, the expansion of transportation and communication networks, the roll out of electricity, the loss of land, and the erosion of local identities. Who celebrated these changes? Who resisted them? Who documented them? The fif ... More

Keywords: Rural Britain, Regional cultures, Modernity, Modernism, Modernization, Middlebrow, Proletarian, Cult of the countryside, Interdisciplinary, British identity

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474420952
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420952.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristin Bluemel, editor

Michael McCluskey, editor

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Introduction: Rural Modernity in Britain

Kristin Bluemel and Michael McCluskey

Part I Networks

Part II Landscapes

Part III Communities

Part IV Heritage

Part V Wars