Island Stories

  • Sophia Davis


This chapter outlines the imaginative appeal of the island, which has always resonated strongly in Britain. It contextualises the “island nation” in terms of its extension and simultaneous emptying through the British Empire, and its renewed importance and anxieties during the phase of imperial decline and the new threats of aerial warfare. As attention refocused on the insular core and the nation’s historical continuity, the countryside was “rediscovered” in relation to local and national identity. Placing the book within environmental and military histories and cultural geographies, the chapter introduces the interest of coastal Suffolk in the period 1930–1969, an island within the island through which stories of the countryside, natural history and military history were played out.


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