Landowners and the rural community
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Landowners and the rural community book
The attraction of all these views is that, in their different ways, they present the relationship between landowners and the rural community in a satisfactorily positive way, involve the attribution of clear-cut, strongly motivated, and purposive actions to the landowners and equally clear-cut and intelligible responses from the villagers, and lead on into making abstractions about social control or class collaboration. But many more, the silent majority as it were, were sufficiently active, imaginative, responsible or assertive to try to use their power and position to influence the rural community in any systematic way. The gamekeeping force, and hence presumably game preservation, reached its peak in the early 1900s, a fitting reflection of the opulent pursuit of amusement in the Edwardian countryside. The shooting gentry pursued the protection of their pleasures with no less zest than they devoted to the shooting itself, heedless of the social cost.