An ambitious new one-volume history, to accompany a 6-part BBC series presented by Huw Edwards. Covering from earliest settlements to the present day, "The Story of Wales "explores a country constantly on the move and connected with the wider world, and a people who have reacted with energy and invention to changing times and opportunities. Revisiting the major turning points in Welsh history -- from the fledgling Welsh state under Llywelyn the Last and the ravages of the Black Death, through to its transformation into an economic power with the Industrial Revolution and its participation in the creation of a modern British Welfare State and the economic boom of the 1940s and 50s -- Jon Gower re-examines many of the myths and misconceptions about Wales and the Welsh, uncovering rich evidence of its outward-looking dynamism and its important role on the world stage. Accompanying a landmark BBC series, and with an introduction by series presenter Huw Edwards, The Story of Wales""is an epic account of Welsh history for a new generation.
In Rebirth of a Nation the acclaimed historian Kenneth O. Morgan provides a wide-ranging and comprehensive analysis of modern Welsh history. Taking as its starting-point 1880, the book covers all aspects of the nations history from political, social, economic and religious development to literary, intellectual, and sporting achievement. His absorbing account spans the years of Liberal ascendancy and of national renaissance from 1880 to 1914; the period of economic depression, the rise of the Labour Party, and tension between Welsh and Anglo-Welsh from 1914 to 1945; culminating in a new sense of national identity following the Second World War.
Although there are a few pictures that are not taken in and around the Snowdnia region, the vast majority are, and therefore this book will be real eye-candy to those who love being in the wild parts of North Wales. The pictures are particularly beautiful and clearly demonstrate Poucher's love and familiarity with the area, with some shots taken from more unusual vantage points, often having required a long walk in.
A complete travel guide to Wales, long-established as one of the principal holiday spots within the United Kingdom. This edition has been extensively revised and contains new maps and plans. It is the first Blue Guide to be devoted entirely to Wales.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 125-127).
In this book Martyn Ford traces the history of Welsh from the early medieval period, through the Act of Union between England and Wales in the sixteenth century, to industrial Wales in Victorian times, and then during the twentieth century where due to mass migration Wales had become a land of two cultures and thus two peoples. The Welsh language is a defining characteristic of Welsh identity and this book aims to analyse the current state of the Welsh language, its relevance to Welsh culture today and the policies which attempt to protect it.
Based on the most recent historical research and current debates about Wales and Welshness, this volume offers the most up-to-date, authoritative and accessible account of the period from Neanderthal times to the opening of the Senedd, the new home of the National Assembly for Wales, in 2006. Within a remarkably brief and stimulating compass, Geraint H. Jenkins explores the emergence of Wales as a nation, its changing identities and values, and the transformations its people experienced and survived throughout the centuries. In the face of seemingly overwhelming odds, the Welsh never reconciled themselves to political, social and cultural subordination, and developed ingenious ways of maintaining a distinctive sense of their otherness. The book ends with the coming of political devolution and the emergence of a greater measure of cultural pluralism. Professor Jenkins's lavishly illustrated volume provides enthralling material for scholars, students, general readers, and travellers to Wales.
When railway signalman Harry Price suffers a stroke his son Matthew, a lecturer in London, makes a return to the border village of Glynmawr. As Matthew and Harry struggle with their memories of social and personal change, a beautiful and moving portrait of the love between a father and son emerges.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -205) and index.
'A sense of place': what do we mean? Why are some places felt be holy? What is a sense of nationality in spiritual terms? Is nationalism fundamentally opposed to international understanding, tolerance and equality, or can it be humanitarian and Christian? These are some of the questions which Dorian Llywelyn explores in his vigorous analysis of the interplay between place, religion, nationality, language, culture and politics in the Welsh literary tradition. This comprehensive study ranges from the sixth to the twentieth century and draws on a rich variety of sources in its examination of the development of a political theology in Wales. Since many of the writers discussed here have not been previously translated into English, the book opens up the treasures of Welsh-language spirituality and thought to the non-Welsh-speaking reader. Sacred Place, Chosen People combines contemporary theory with a profound knowledge of the Welsh literary and religious tradition and offers a fascinating elucidation of the long tradition of Wales as a 'holy land' and its people as a 'people of God.'
Features region-by-region coverage of major sights and cities of Great Britain, a new Wales chapter and new walking tours. The guide details 1000 places to stay, over 1200 places to eat, essays on the Royal Family, the arts and architecture, plus a special section on Scotland.
Religion has long been a defining characteristic of Welsh identity, and this volume demonstrates the complicated relationship between religion and faith and Welsh national culture from the seventeenth century forward—touching upon the Puritan period, the Older Dissent of the eighteenth century, nineteenth-century Nonconformity, and the impact of twentieth-century secularism. "Wales and the Word" stands apart from other volumes on Welsh religious history by offering new insights and previously untold histories alongside the overview of the story of Welsh religion.
This text evaluates the legal and constitutional aspects of devolution. Drawing on interviews with those responsible for the devolutionary scheme, it considers the internal architecture and operation of the National Assembly, and Wales’s relationship with Britain and the European Union.
The last two decades have seen big changes within a small nation; the distinctiveness of Wales, in terms of its political life and culture, has grown considerably in that time. This edited collection by a range of eminent Welsh writers, emerging academics and creative artists examines what is distinctive about Wales and Welshness in an interdisciplinary yet comprehensive manner. The core concepts of gender, class and identity are explored throughout the book, which presents twelve chapters in three distinct yet overlapping thematic sections: Wales, Welshness, Language and Identity, Education; Labour Markets and Gender in Wales; and Welsh Public Life, Social Policy, Class and Inequality. The chapters explore the role of men and women in Wales and of Wales itself as a nation, an economy, and a centre of partially devolved governance, raising questions related to equality, policy and progression. The collection also features photographs, graphic art and poetic verse that both represent and extend the central arguments of the book.
In the wake of the Scottish vote on independence, questions of sovereignty, devolution, and local control have perhaps never been more salient. This book explores the evolution of the idea of national identity in modern Britain as it affected Wales. It ranges historically from the French Revolution and its aftershocks to the wide-ranging effects of World War I and on to present debates over decentralization and ties with Europe, while also offering close looks at key personalities, like Lloyd George, the first (and thus far only) Welsh prime minister. Drawing on both his extensive experience in politics and his decades of academic study, Kenneth O. Morgan has written what is likely to be the definitive work on this topic.
England of the Plantagenet kings was a turbulent place. In politics it saw Simon de Montfort's challenge to the crown in Henry III's reign and it witnessed the deposition of Edward II. By contrast, ans as relief, it also experienced the highly successful rules of Edward I and his grandson, Edward III. Political institutions were transformed with the development of parliament, and war, the stimulus for some of the change, was never far away. Wales was conquered and the Scottish Wars of Inpedendence started in Edward I's reign, while Crécy and Poitiers were English triumphs under Edward III. Beyond politics, the structure of English society was developing, from the great magnates at the top to the peasantry at the bottom. Economic changes were also significant, from the expansionary period of the thirteenth century to years of difficulty in the fourteenth, culminating in the greatest demographic disaster of historical times, the Black Death. Embracing politics and government, kingship, the structure of society, France, Scotland, and Wales, as welle as areas such as the environment, management of the land, and crime and punishment, Michael Prestwitch's magisterial survey casts the plantagenet past in a new and revealing light.
"Life in Modern Britain" is an introductory discussion of British life and institutions and is intended for advanced students of English. This edition has been extensively revised and incorporates the social, economic and political developments in Britain during the first half of 1980s and early 1990s. Tables and charts have been included, together with questions for students to consider.
"Life in Modern Britain" is an introductory discussion of British life and institutions and is intended for advanced students of English. The sixth edition has been extensively revised and incorporates the social, economic and political developments in Britain during the first half of 1980s and early 1990s. Tables and charts have been included, together with questions for students to consider.
The nineetenth century was a period of striking developments, and subject to a great pressure of change. This process of change is the primary focus of the book. Organised into a series of thematic chapters, Black and MacRaild's wide-ranging text offers the reader an analysis of numerous spheres of human history: politics, empire and warfare; economy, society and population; religion and culture. The book also offers considered treatment of Scotland, Wales and Ireland, with a truly British (as opposed to English) perspective maintained throughout. With numerous illustrations, helpful explanatory tables, boxes and textual inserts, as well as a list of further reading with each chapter, "Ninteetenth Century Britain" is an excellent introductory text book for students of this most vital period in British history.
It is an introduction to the people of Great Britain - old and young, rich and poor, black and white - and to their roles in modern British society. Five chapters cover different aspect of British life and institutions, and present the British at work and at leisure. Exercises after each chapter are designed to test and reinforce students' comprehension of the material.