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A History of Wales by John Davies

A History of Wales (original 1990; edition 1995)

by John Davies

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Title:A History of Wales
Authors:John Davies
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (1995), Edition: Reprint, Paperback
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Tags:Wales, Walisische Geschichte

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A History of Wales by John Davies (1990)



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A HISTORY OF WALES, by John Davies, chronicles the turbulent history of Wales from ancient times until the late part of the 20th century.
Only those familiar with the layout of Wales can really follow the text, as there isn't a general map that shows major cities, rivers, etc. Therefore, it doesn't do a lot of good to tell us that something happened between this river and that river if we have no idea where those rivers are. Oddly, there are several maps of insignificant items such as "the distribution of hill-forts" and "Poor Law Unions, registration counties and registration districts".
The writing itself has to be some of the driest I've ever come across. Myriad statistics weigh down this 718-page history, and rarely do we get even a glimpse of the personalities behind the names of the participants in the creation of this country.
After slogging through this book, the only things I learned, and which was reiterated throughout, was that the Welsh are a fractious lot, are unable to determine among themselves what it means to be Welsh, the English are fond of creating committees to study them, and they mined a lot of coal. Surely there is more to Wales than this!
I'm a big fan of Wales, and hope to someday visit that great country, but I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone new to studying it, or contemplating going there. Stick with the pretty travel guides!
--Stephanie ( )
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Over the last 20 years Welsh history has experienced a renaissance and books have been published discussing almost everyday aspect of the subject. Yet historians have been reluctant to undertake the task of chronicling the history of the nation in its entirety.

This distinguished volume, first published in Welsh as Hanes Cymru in 1990, traces the history of Wales form the earliest times to the late twentieth century - from the first Welshmen at Ffynnon Bueno to the miners' strike, from the Red Lady of Paviland to the establishment of the Welsh television channel, from the end of the Ice Age to the politics of our day.

Never before has there been so comprehensive and detailed a study of the whole span of the history of Wales
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Stretching from the Ice Ages to the present day, this account traces the political, social and cultural history of the land that has come to be called Wales.

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