Based on the most recent historical research and current debates about Wales and Welshness, this volume offers the most up-to-date, authoritative and accessible account of the period from Neanderthal times to the opening of the Senedd, the new home of the National Assembly for Wales, in 2006. Within a remarkably brief and stimulating compass, Geraint H. Jenkins explores the emergence of Wales as a nation, its changing identities and values, and the transformations its people experienced and survived throughout the centuries. In the face of seemingly overwhelming odds, the Welsh never reconciled themselves to political, social and cultural subordination, and developed ingenious ways of maintaining a distinctive sense of their otherness. The book ends with the coming of political devolution and the emergence of a greater measure of cultural pluralism. Professor Jenkins's lavishly illustrated volume provides enthralling material for scholars, students, general readers, and travellers to Wales.
About the Author
Geraint H. Jenkins is Director of the UNIVERSITY of WALES CENTRE for ADVANCED WELSH and CELTIC STUDIEs. His recent publications include The Illustrated History of the University of Wales 1893-1993 (1993), and, as editor, The Visual Culture of Wales (6 vols., 1998-2003).
'A Concise History of Wales has the potential to reach a readership well beyond the academic community.' H-Albion
"A Concise History of Wales has the potential to reach a readership well beyond the academic community." -Louise Miskell, H-Albion
"Jenkins' book is a solid historical examination of Wales from the prehistoric to the present." -Kathy Callahan, World History Bulletin
Series: Cambridge Concise Histories
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 18th January 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8
Weight (kg): 0.5