When was Wales?: A History of the Welsh

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Penguin Books, 1991 - 327 pages
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When has Wales been able to describe itself as an independent nation and will it ever be able to do so in the future? The question of national identity has affected the Welsh throughout their history. Drawing on myth, legend and poetry and on the talents and ambitions of soldiers, labourers, politicians and churchmen the author tells the story of the Welsh with an understanding of his fellow countrymen.

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This book is unquestionably one of the best histories of Wales every written. Like the author, it is short but packs a mighty punch. It scans the landscape of Wales as sees the country for what it is - a people who, against all odds, have survived by making and remaking themselves generation after generation.
Brilliantly written, poetic in places, the book reveals the full drama of Welsh history. Whether or not you agree with Gwyn Alf Williams' Marxist take on Welsh history, this is essential reading for anyone interested in Wales and the Welsh.
 

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