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British Game Shooting in Transition, 1900–1945

John Martin
Agricultural History
Vol. 85, No. 2 (Spring 2011), pp. 204-224
DOI: 10.3098/ah.2011.85.2.204
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British Game Shooting in Transition, 1900–1945
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This article explores the transformation of lowland game shooting from its heyday in the late Victorian and Edwardian periods to state-imposed rationalization during the Second World War. It evaluates the extent to which the interwar years constituted a period of depression or regeneration in the way the activity was organized and pursued, followed by an in-depth analysis of the impact of the Second World War. The study shows that the prevailing wisdom about the reasons for the decline of game shooting merits reappraisal, particularly in view of the unprecedented changes to the sport that resulted from the government's control and direction of food production during World War II.

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