Country Life, 1897-1997: The English Arcadia by Sir Roy Strong
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.