• Sian Edwards
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This chapter concludes that, through an interrogation of organizational magazines, this book has demonstrated the centrality of the countryside in constructions of good citizenship in youth movements of the mid-century. The countryside thus served as a canvas on which young people could develop into the good citizens of the future. This was a rural idyll for a new generation; one in which modern ideas of fitness and leisure were transferred onto the rural landscape and presented as a path to modern citizenship, an ideal which included traditional notions of service with a growing liberal agenda. Despite these shifts, there were a number of continuities in approaches to youth across the mid-century, particularly in terms of the way class and gender shaped training.

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  • Sian Edwards
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of WinchesterWinchesterUK

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