Top Historians Challenge the Myths and Confusion over Nation's Past; OUR NEW SERIES IS A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO RESEARCH
Byline: PAUL ROWLAND
DO YOU think of Wales as a Celtic nation whose people opposed slavery, came to see chapel and family as the pillars of its communities and provided some of the staunchest critics of Margaret Thatcher? Think again. These are just some of the commonly accepted views about the history of our nation that will be challenged by leading experts during Welsh History Month, starting next Saturday in the Western Mail.
The New History of Wales is a 25-part series of articles which will run daily, beginning on September 18 with a special edition of our weekend magazine.
The series examines whether, for example, we Welsh really are descended from the Celts, whether anti-social behaviour is a truly modern invention and explores the surprising role Wales played in the Cold War.
Other subjects tackled range from whether the Industrial Revolution was largely focused on South Wales to whether Hollywood icon Richard Burton truly deserved his reputation as a hell-raising womaniser.
Our academics turn much of the perceived wisdom about Wales, and its world role, on its head.
The articles are the foundation for what will be a month-long celebration of Welsh history in the Western Mail and also online at www.walesonline.co.uk. As part of the series, we'll also be offering schools across Wales the chance to submit their own ideas for bringing history to life.
We'll be inviting them to send us their ideas for a video, and we'll send our team of professional videographers to make the best entry a reality.
We have a raft of additional information tied into the features that we can provide via e-mail and through a dedicated area of our website.
Resources will include Friday afternoon webchats where the experts will answer your questions about their revised view of Welsh history; an online quiz; iconic Western Mail front pages to analyse, plus reproductions of newspaper stories of old. …