"Country Life" is the quintessence of Britain for many. For 100 years, it has reflected and presented an image of rural life to readers at home and provided a lifeline for those abroad. Sir Roy Strong has analyzed the changing role of the magazine over the last century, from the "Arcadian" era pre-World War I, through changes wrought by governments and social movements, to the countryside of today. Illustrated with photographs and original "Country Life" spreads, the book provides a micrcosm of British country life, covering everything from architecture to land ownership, from the rural to the poor to the landed gentry.
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