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Land and Nation in England: Patriotism, National Identity, and the Politics of Land, 1880-1914 (Royal Historical Society Studies in History New Series) Paperback – 21 Jul 2011


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A concise and lucid account. (It) offers a compelling case for the importance of ideas about land to the history of modern English politics. AGRICULTURAL HISTORY A thorough and illuminating study of the politics of the land during the transition to mass democracy. JOURNAL OF MODERN HISTORY (The author) tames a monumental archive in his work, amassing a body of speeches and writing surrounding the land reform debates that has been almost entirely ignored by those who examine rural visions of English identity in novels, poems or popular mass media. VICTORIAN STUDIES (A) sophisticated, subtle and probing study (...). ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW (An) impressive volume (which) makes important contributions to a range of crucial debates in modern British history. It will interest a range of scholars and students of politics, rural society, agriculture, national identity and land reform and provide them with a thoroughly good read. AGRICULTURAL HISTORY REVIEW This book goes some considerable distance in filling (a) gap in the historiography. (...) Readman has written an important book that deserves to be widely read and debated by political and cultural historians, agricultural historians, imperial historians and historians of national identity. It is a gifted historian indeed who can weave together a narrative that has such wide historiographical resonance. PARLIAMENTARY HISTORY (An) excellent addition to the Royal History Society's Studies in History New Series. (...) An impressive addition to the output of a prolific historian, and makes a very important contribution to the historiography of land, and of English politics in this period. RURAL HISTORY An important and innovative contribution to the developing historiography on land reform. (...) This book (...) is an indispensable contribution to understanding land reform in the period 1880-1914 and has pushed the debate about these issues in new and exciting directions. It is also exceptionally well written. TWENTIETH CENTURY BRITISH HISTORY JOURNAL

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Dr PAUL READMAN is Lecturer in Modern History at King's College London.

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