Originally published in 1996 Rural Change and Planning describes the turbulent changes that have occurred in rural England and Wales since the outbreak of the First World War. The book describes the changes from an agriculturally-dominated countryside to one which has had to increasingly adapt to urban pressures. Looking at the changes chronologically, the book provides an integrated history of rural planning in the twentieth century and the developments which have taken place within the State, which has facilitated those changes. The book looks at the social and economic impacts of two world wars on agricultural communities, and the pressures of industry, new settlements and the effects of recreation on rural landscapes.
1. Twentieth Century Themes
2. The Countryside in 1914
3. The Hiatus of War 1914-1918
4. The Inter-War Years
5. The Hiatus of War: Planning the Countryside 1939-1945
6. Planning for Agriculture and Forestry
7. Rural Economic Change and Policy Since 1945
8. Countryside Recreation and Landscape Protection Since 1945
9. Rural Communities Since 1945
10. Rural Land Use Planning: Post-War Pursuit of Objectives
11. Rural Change and Planning: Threads in the Pattern
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