Jorwerd: The Death of the Village in Late Twentieth-century Europe

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Harvill Press, 2000 - History - 274 pages
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Jorwerd is a small village in Friesland in the Netherlands. Geert Mak was born in Friesland and he returned to his roots to explore the 'silent revolution' that has taken place in Jorwerd and other villages like it in the years since the Second World War. The village is a form of social organisation that has lasted at least 2000 years yet it has started, slowly but inexorably, to disappear. Recent studies have shown that, by the year 2025, two thirds of the world's population will live in cities and towns. Geert Mak lived in Jorwerd for six months, gathering the personal histories of Jorwerters past and present. By interweaving their lives with the wider history of Europe, Mak provides an unsentimental portrait of the pleasures and hardships of living in the country, while also making plain how rural life everywhere is under threat from the modern world.

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