A History of Wales, 1906-2000

A History of Wales, 1906-2000

A History of Wales, 1906-2000

A History of Wales, 1906-2000

Synopsis

A History of Wales, 1906-2000 is the fourth volume in a series beginning in 1485. This invaluable survey examines the main economic, social, political and cultural developments of hte last century in Wales. Wales has undergone sweeping changes during the twentieth century, with the decline of those powerful forces which once shaped Welsh life--agriculture, industry and religion--and the emergence of a Europeanized, devolved Wales towards the beginning of the new millennium. A History of Wales, 1906-2000 presents a chronological overview of this century of change in terms not only of economic, social and political activity but also of religion, education and culture in Wales. As the first book to analyse the whole of the twentieth century in Wales, this pioneering study will appeal to students and academics as well as to non-specialists who want a clear, concise and comprehensive history of twentieth-century Wales.

Excerpt

This is the final volume in a series on the history of Wales which began in 1972 with the publication of Hugh Thomas's work on Tudor and Stuart Wales. This was followed by E. D. Evans's book on Wales 1660–1815 in 1976, and a third volume on the period 1815–1906 published in 1989. in this present study, I have endeavoured to follow the broad pattern established in those previous works, and I hope very much that it will appeal to the general reader as well as to undergraduates and students pursuing advanced studies in Welsh history.

I have tried to describe the main economic, social, religious, political, educational and cultural features of the history of Wales from 1906 to the present day. the survey of material that is offered cannot be complete, for the volume of writing on twentieth-century Welsh history is too great for any individual to cover in its entirety. Statistical output, government publications, theses, historical and literary works are extensive and it would be impossible to produce a detailed description of all these. It has often been difficult to order the mass of wide-ranging and complex material, and the synthesis that follows must inevitably be somewhat arbitrary. the period has been divided into two chronological sections, 1906–1945 and 1945 to the present time. Each section contains four chapters on the main features of the period. the chapters are sub-divided to provide the reader with signposts as they journey through the terrain.

Inevitably, much of the analysis will depend on the published work of many earlier writers. the magisterial history of Wales from 1880 to 1980 by Professor Kenneth O. Morgan stands as a beacon for this and other surveys of Wales in the present century. Pioneering studies by Professor Gareth Elwyn Jones in the history of education, Dr R. Pope on religion, and the late Professor D. J. V. Jones on crime in twentieth-century Wales, and by a host of other scholars and research students have formed the . . .

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