Governing the Rural in Interwar Europe examines how rural Europe as a hybrid social and natural environment emerged as a key site of local, national and international governance in the interwar years. The book is co-edited by Dr Liesbeth van de Grift (History of International Relations).
Remaking rural society
The post-war need to secure and intensify food production, to protect contested border areas, to improve rural infrastructure and the economic viability of rural regions and to politically integrate rural populations, gave rise to a variety of schemes aimed at modernizing agriculture and remaking rural society. The volume examines discourses, institutions and practices of rural governance from a transnational perspective, revealing striking commonalities across national and political boundaries.