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Food for WarAgriculture and Rearmament in Britain before the Second World War$
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Alan F. Wilt

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208716

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208716.001.0001

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Awareness in the Countryside

Awareness in the Countryside

(p.154) Chapter Six Awareness in the Countryside
Food for War

Alan F. Wilt

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the initial awareness and eventual changes in the conditions happening in the countryside during the 1930s. Changes occurred mainly due to the impact of urban culture on the rural landscape. These changes resulted from the outmigration of town dwellers and pensioners who preferred life in the country or village, and technological changes, which brought people into closer contact whether they wanted to be or not. These changes brought about an increased awareness of what was happening nationally and internationally as well as on the local scene. The chapter provides information on the means by which the people in rural areas were informed, the extent they were informed about the role they would play in case of war, and if the rural inhabitants have any influence on the war-related procedures that were being worked out by the government during the last half of the 1930s.

Keywords:   urban culture, rural landscape, outmigration, technological changes, information, war

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