'Parish and Belonging is a fine work of rural history by a masterful practitioner, rethinking, reconstructing, (gently) challenging, and dazzling at every turn of the page.' Agricultural History Review
'…this ambitious work remains full of fascinating material and provocative insights.' Southern History Society
A major study of local identities across early modern and modern British history. Professor Snell re-examines senses of community and belonging through literature, legislation, folklore, etc. and suggests that the parish identity continued to play a central part in people's lives long after the supposed transition to the nation.