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.
Chapters The Rural Community: A background Survey Home life School 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
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