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Wales: Culture and Society

Wright, M. ORCID: 2020. Wales: Culture and Society. Garnett, M., ed. The Routledge Handbook of British Politics and Society, Routledge, pp. 258-270. (10.4324/9781315559247)

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This chapter examines Wales from a historical perspective, in the conviction that the best way to understand a society or a culture is through its history. It provides an overview of the modern history of Wales and the way in which it has shaped contemporary Welsh society and culture. The 8,000 square mile peninsula known to Welsh speakers as Cymru, and English speakers as Wales, has long maintained a people with their own distinct identity. The topography of Wales may have been a mixed blessing, but it has been a defining feature of the Welsh psyche. Trade unionism emerged in south Wales in the nineteenth century, and by the 1880s its leaders – men like William Abraham, or ‘Mabon’, leader of the Cambrian Miners Association, were aspiring to represent their members in Parliament. Welsh industrial culture and the Labour hegemony that it engendered had important ramifications, not just for Wales but for Britain as a whole.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Published Online
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 978-1-138-67793-7
Last Modified: 31 May 2023 14:45

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