An excellent book that covers the topic very well. It has a good balance of all components such as statistics,first hand accounts, detail and general context. It is very informative and enjoyable to read.
On the whole a great book to have aswell as the other books on rural life in the past without sentiment.
Illustrated section is very poor in my paperback copy.
The Rural Community: A background Survey
Workers on the land
Rural crafts and cottage industries
Agricultural wages, trade unionism and politics
Holidays and recreations
The influence of religion
Sickness, medical care and death
Poverty and old age
Breaking the law
The changing scene: A conclusion