After the Ruins: Restoring the Countryside of Northern France After the Great War

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University of Exeter Press, 1996 - 332 pages
This is not another book about World War I. Instead, it explores a relatively ignored aspect of recent rural history: how the ordinary environments of fields, farms, villages and market towns of northern France were reconstituted once peace was restored.
Using both official reports compiled by prefets and much more critical commentaries by those whose homes and land had been devastated, Hugh Clout charts the geography of destruction and then analyses the work of the state-directed services, the creation of reconstruction cooperatives, the controversial reclamation of the profoundly devastated 'red zone', and ultimately the reconstruction of the countryside across the ten northernmost departements of northern France.
 

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Table des matières

The WarTorn Zone
1
The Intensity of Devastation
25
The Start of Emergency Action
59
Dévastées Aisne
82
The Service des Travaux de Première Urgence
85
Motoculture
108
The Office de Reconstitution Agricole
125
People
151
Continuing crisis
168
Compensation and compromise
175
Reconstruction Cooperatives
206
Continuity and Change
241
Toward a Balance Sheet
273
References
301
Index
329
Droits d'auteur

Production
160

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À propos de l'auteur (1996)

Hugh Clout is Professor of Geography, University College London where he has taught since 1967. He was Dean of the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences from 1995 to 2004. He is one of the foremost geographical authorities on modern France and on the European Union in general.

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