Changing forms of countryside nostalgia between the wars

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Influenced by a desire for ‘peacefulness’ after the First World War, and paralleling a growth of countryside nostalgia in Britain and elsewhere, in the interwar period both city and country people in Australia subtly changed their perception of the key ‘inheritance’ of the Australian countryside, from the virtues of the struggling and productive pioneer to that of the traditional community.
This had a significant effect on the concept of 'countrymindedness' which was extremely important in the development of Australian public policy throughout the 20th century.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStruggle Country
Subtitle of host publicationThe Rural Ideal in 20th Century Australia
EditorsGraeme Davison, Marc Brodie
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherMonash University ePress
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780975747520
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • Australia
  • Rural
  • Country
  • Social Conditions
  • Politics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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