Rural Change and Planning

England and Wales in the Twentieth Century

By Iain Gordon Cherry, Gordon Cherry, A.W. Rogers

© 1996 – Routledge

244 pages

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Hardback: 9780419180005
pub: 1996-05-30
US Dollars$200.00

About the Book

This book provides a critical overview of rural change over the eighty years since the outbreak of the Great War, making clear the historical origins of present-day policy. It also provides a structural integration for the many diverse themes which must be interwoven in order to understand current conditions in the countryside.


'Rural Change and Planning…. is to be recommended warmly to students who need a clear critical guide to a century of countryside change.' - Urban Studies

'…essential reading for academics and practitioners trying to make sense, and act on behalf, of rural communities.' - Planning Practice and Research

'Cherry and Rogers have harvested and distilled an enormous amount of material and presented it in a logical, lucid and highly readable form - a fitting epitaph for Gordon Cherry, and one that I am certain will be read and re-read by many well into the millenium.' - Planning Practice and Research

'a sure bet for student reading lists…skilled use of examples…concise and lucid analysis' - Planning Perspectives

'…especially useful for students of geography, town planning, environmental studies and landscape planning' - Landscape Design

'Not the least refreshing aspect of this book is that it restores one's somewhat battered faith in the Enlightenment ideal' - Town and Country Planning

'It is a supremely clearly written account by two experienced writers and researchers effortlessly on top of the task in hand' - Town & Country Planning

Table of Contents

Introduction: twentieth century themes. The countryside in 1914. The hiatus of war: 1914-1918. The inter-war period. The hiatus of war: planning the countryside 1939-1945. Planning for agriculture and forestry in the post-war world. Rural economic change and policy since 1945. Countryside recreation and landscape protection since 1945. Rural communities since 1945. Rural land use planning: post-war pursuit of objectives. Rural change and planning: threads in the pattern. References. Index.

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ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning