IT is one of the inevitable consequences of war that the steady march of social progress is interrupted by the more urgent problems of the moment. In Britain, for example, the great work of slum clearance and rehousing has been temporarily suspended, and it is actually possible in the lull to take stock of what has been achieved in the past twenty years. On the other hand, reforms which might have been delayed indefinitely may be rushed through if they have an important bearing on the prosecution of the War. The war-time ploughing programme of the Government may well be the salvation of British agriculture, and the evacuation to rural areas of both children and adults supplies just the stimulus which was needed to stem the tide of rural depopulation and the consequent disappearance of rural community life.
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"World Agriculture: an International Survey", 1932.