2 Welsh history: text resources

2.1 Introduction

Each of the selections in this section is taken from one of the volumes in the Welsh History and its Sources series. Each book contained an introductory overview followed by a series of essays. Each one of these essays was linked and cross-referenced to documentary source material that the author had investigated when writing her/his essay.

We have included here the introductory essays from each of the seven volumes along with one essay from each volume and the sources materials that are related to it. Each essay can be accessed by selecting the view document option. The essay will then be presented as a PDF document in a separate window.

Throughout the essays, you will see words in italics. Some of the authors use italics for the Welsh language, but italics also indicate entries in the glossary in Section 10. If you look these words up in the glossary, you will find some more information about them.

Edward I and Wales

This is the introductory essay to the volume Edward I and Wales. It was written by Professor R.R. Davies, at that time Professor of History at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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The Edwardian Conquest and its Military Consolidation

This chapter from Edward I and Wales is by Dr Ifor Rowlands. Dr Rowlands uses a range of thirteenth-century documentary texts, maps and statistical tables to support his essay.

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Tudor Wales

This is the introductory essay to the volume Tudor Wales. It was written by Professor Gareth Elwyn Jones, one of the co-editors of the Welsh History and its Sources series.

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The Lower Orders

This chapter from Tudor Wales is by Brian Howells of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. Brian Howells' contribution is impressive because of the range of sources he has marshalled about ordinary people whose activities are usually less well documented than their social superiors.

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The Remaking of Wales in the Eighteenth Century

This is the introductory essay to the volume The Remaking of Wales in the Eighteenth Century. It was written by Peter D.G. Thomas, Professor of History at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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Beginnings of Radicalism

This chapter from The Remaking of Wales in the Eighteenth Century was written by Professor Gwyn Alf Williams of Cardiff University. In his chapter Professor Williams traces the origins of the radicalism that was to surface in its fullest form in Wales in the nineteenth century.

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People and Protest: Wales 1815–1880

This is the introductory essay to the volume People and Protest: Wales 1815–1880. It was written by Professor Ieuan G. Jones of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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Parliament and People in Mid-Nineteenth Century Wales

Like the previous essay, this chapter from People and Protest: Wales 1815–1880 is also by Ieuan G. Jones, who was a pioneering historian of politics and nonconformity in nineteenth-century Wales.

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Wales 1880–1914

This is the introductory essay to the volume Wales 1880–1914. It is by Professor Gareth Elwyn Jones, one of the co-editors of the Welsh History and its Sources series.

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From Riots to Revolt: Tonypandy and The Miners' Next Step

This chapter from Wales 1880–1914 is by Professor David (Dai) Smith. Professor Smith made a famous study of the Tonypandy riots of 1910 and many of his sources are reprinted here.

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Wales Between the Wars

This is the introductory essay to the volume Wales between the Wars. Like the chapter ‘From Riots to Revolt’ from the previous volume, it is by Professor David (Dai) Smith.

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Social Reactions to Economic Change

This chapter from Wales between the Wars is by Deian Hopkin, then of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. Dr Hopkin draws on a wide range of sources from different parts of Wales to support his arguments.

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Post-War Wales

This is the introductory essay to the volume Post-War Wales. It was written by Professor Gareth Elwyn Jones, one of the co-editors of the Welsh History and its Sources series.

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Wales and the Wider World

This chapter from Post-War Wales is by Christopher Harvie of the University of Tubingen, Germany. Unlike the other volumes, the chapters in Post-War Wales did not include ‘Discussion’ or ‘Debating the Evidence’ sections, so the chapter consists of Christopher Harvie's essay and sources.

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