A History of Wales

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Penguin UK, Jan 25, 2007 - History - 784 pages
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Stretching from the Ice Ages to the present day, this masterful account traces the political, social and cultural history of the land that has come to be called Wales.

Spanning prehistoric hill forts and Roman ruins to the Reformation, the Industrial Revolution and the series of strikes by Welsh miners in the late twentieth century, this is the definitive history of an enduring people: a unique and compelling exploration of the origins of the Welsh nation, its development and its role in the modern world. This new edition brings this remarkable history into the new era of the Welsh Assembly.

 

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Excellent English language version of a history originally written in Welsh. Read full review

Review: A History of Wales

User Review  - Ruth - Goodreads

This has been quite a tough read for me, probably because I am new to the subject, but it has been interesting, and I have learned a lot. Since this is one of my places of origin, it has been worth it to me to work through. Read full review

Contents

List of Maps and Diagrams
The distribution of stone circles and megaliths in Wales
The distribution of hillforts in Wales
Caerwent Whitton and Segontium
Roman Wales
Dinas Powys Catraeth and Llantwit Major
The distribution of inscribed stones of the period 400 to 700
Britons and English 500700
The population of Wales 1801 and 1921
Poor Law Unions registration counties and registration districts
The Rhondda Aberystwyth and Bethesda
The slate quarries of north Wales
The religious census of 1851
The north Wales coalfield
The Somme Brynmawr and Penyberth
The number of miners in the south Wales coalfield 18511987

The Celtic Church
Aberffraw Dinefwr and Mathrafal
The royal houses of Wales 4001400
The Norman assaults upon Wales 106799
Dioceses and monasteries
The Treaty of Montgomery
Rhuddlan Sycharth and Penmynydd
Ludlow Gwydir and Llangeitho
The Act of Union 1536
Holywell Dowlais and Llanover
Unemployment in Wales August 1932
Cardiff Margam and Tryweryn
Local government in Wales before 1974
Shotton Brussels and Carmarthen
Local government in Wales after 1996
The No vote in 1997
The percentage of the population born in Wales according to the census
The percentage of the population able to speak Welsh in 2001
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About the author (2007)

John Davies is a native of the Rhondda. He was educated in schools in Treorci, Bwlchllan and Tregaron and at University College, Cardiff, and Trinity College, Cambridge. He taught at the University Colleges of Swansea and Aberystwyth and was for eighteen years the Warden of Neuadd Pantycelyn, Aberystwyth. His other publications include Cardiff and the Marquesses of Bute, Hanes Cymru, Broadcasting and the BBC in Wales, The Making of Wales, The Celts and Cardiff: a Pocket Guide. He is the consultant editor of The Encyclopaedia of Wales. His wife comes from Blaenau Gwent and they have two daughters and two sons.

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