Publisher description for Paradise lost : rural idyll and social change in England since 1800 / Jeremy Burchardt.

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In this remarkable book Jeremy Burchardt traces the influence that attitudes toward the countryside have had on the evolution of modern British life. In the "town versus country" debate, Burchardt looks at the idealization of the countryside by artists and writers, the development of anti-urban and anti-industrial values, rural-urban commuting, environmentalist criticism of industrial farming, and the effect on government policy, social structure, and economic dynamism.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: City and town life Great Britain History, Country life Great Britain History, Geographical perception Great Britain, Landscape changes Great Britain, Human geography Great Britain, Great Britain Rural conditions, Great Britain Social conditions 19th century, Great Britain Social conditions 20th century