First published in 1989, The Vanishing Countryman investigates how farmers, farm workers, and other country crafts- and tradespeople have fared in response to significant changes across the British countryside in the past one hundred years.
The book explores the move towards large-scale and capital-intensive farming, and the conflict between increased production and damage to the environment. It looks at the decline in the number of farm workers, crafts- and tradespeople. It also considers the changes in social composition across country villages and the impact that this has had on living standards, housing, and transport.
The Vanishing Countryman will appeal to those with an interest in rural and social history, and in the history of the British countryside specifically.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1: The Victorian farmer, B. A. Holderness; 2: The Workfolk, W. A. Armstrong; 3: In the sweat of thy face: the labourer and work, Alun Howkins; 4: The flight from the land, W. A. Armstrong; 5: Rural culture, Charles Phythian-Adams; 6: Voices from the past: rural Kent at the close of an era, Michael Winstanley; 7: The farmers in the twentieth century, B. A. Holderness; 8: The most despised craftsmen: farmworkers in the twentieth century, W. A. Armstrong; 9: The decline of the country craftsmen and tradesmen, C. W. Chalklin; 10: The new culture of the countryside, Michael Winstanley; References; Index
G. E. Mingay