Christianity, Englishness and the southern English countryside: a study of the work of H.J. Massingham

Palmer, Clare A. (2002) Christianity, Englishness and the southern English countryside: a study of the work of H.J. Massingham. Social and Cultural Geography, 3 (1). pp. 25-38. ISSN 1470-1197

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Abstract

This paper explores the relationships between Christianity, Englishness, and ideas about the southern English landscape in the writings of the 1930s and 1940s rural commentator, H.J. Massingham. The paper begins by looking in general terms at the conjunction of religious and national identities in the context of national landscapes before moving on to consider in more detail one particular instance of this in the writing of H.J. Massingham. Massingham's understanding of a divine natural order, his construction of a kind of 'divine Englishness' and the way in which he relates this to particular English landscapes is explored. In particular, the paper investigates the natural, social and political power relationships which are embedded in Massingham's work, and suggests that his writing provides an interesting example of one way in which theological reasoning can reflect and reinforce concepts of a naturally ordered national identity.

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Journal Article
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Social and Cultural Geography
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24 Sep 2008 15:51
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Yes
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Published
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