Radical Conservatism and International Nationalism: The Peasant Arts Movement and Its Search for the Country Heart of England

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The Peasant Arts Movement (fl. 1890s-1930s) was dedicated to reviving traditional country life in England. This article analyses its key educational tools, its magazine and museum, to explore its underlying ideologies. Sometimes seen as eccentric, it was nonetheless connected, practically and intellectually, with the broader Arts and Crafts and folk revival movements in England and Europe. It shared with these a largely radical spirit but was nonetheless essentially conservative in its views on class and gender. However, it demonstrated a distinctive internationalist spirit in its concern for peasantry worldwide and in its use of European models to re-invigorate English culture. © 2019, The Social History Society. The attached document (embargoed until 31/07/2020) is an author produced version of a paper published in CULTURAL & SOCIAL HISTORY uploaded in accordance with the publisher’s self- archiving policy. The final published version (version of record) is available online at the link below. Some minor differences between this version and the final published version may remain. We suggest you refer to the final published version should you wish to cite from it.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)663-680
Issue number5
Early online date29 Jan 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Jan 2019

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