Island Thinking

Suffolk Stories of Landscape, Militarisation and Identity

  • Sophia Davis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Sophia Davis
    Pages 1-29
  3. Sophia Davis
    Pages 277-293
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 295-302

About this book


Island Thinking is a cultural historical and geographical study of Englishness in a key period of cultural transformation in mid-twentieth century Britain as the empire shrank back to its insular core. The book uses a highly regional focus to investigate the imaginative appeal of islands and boundedness, interweaving twentieth-century histories of militarisation, countryside, nature conservation and national heritage to create a thickly textured picture of landscape and history. Referred to as an ‘island within an island’, Suffolk's corner of England provides fascinating stories displaying a preoccupation with vulnerability and threat, refuge and safety. The book explores the portrayal of the region in mid-century rural writing that ‘rediscovered’ the countryside, as well as the area’s extensive militarisation during the Second World War. It examines various enclosures, from the wartime radar project to ‘make Britain an island again’ to the postwar establishment of secluded nature reserves protecting British birds.


military landscapes regional geography nature conservation regional identity nature writing

Authors and affiliations

  • Sophia Davis
    • 1
  1. 1.BerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-9675-5
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-9676-2
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