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Publication Date: 27 June 2007
Publisher: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press
Edited by Matthew Cragoe, Chris Williams
Format: Hardback, 242x161 mm, 242 pages
A volume of essays offering a refreshing insight into the reaction of the Welsh people to war, focusing on a series of conflicts dating from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries; including tables of information, maps and black-and-white illustrations.
The following has been provided by the Publisher:
Matthew Cragoe is Professor of Modern British History at the University of Hertfordshire. He recently published Culture, Politics and National Identity in Wales, 1832-86 (Oxford, 2004).
Chris Williams is Professor of History at the University of Glamorgan. From Jan 2005 he will be based at the University of Swansea, as he has been appointed to a chair in History.
This collection of essays re-examines the reaction of the Welsh people to war. Focussing on a series of conflicts from the mid-nineteenth to the mid twentieth centuries it offers a sharp corrective to the generally accepted picture of Wales as a nation wedded to pacifism. If those in the urban and industrial south, tied as they were into Britain’s Imperial economy, were often enthusiastic proponents of and participants in armed conflict, a majority even in the rural areas could be relied upon to rally to the flag.
This important collection, through its examination of the political,
religious, cultural and social dimensions of war, will shed new light not only on the Welsh past, but that of Britain more generally.
Includes 16 pages of maps, tables and B&W illustrations