The Language of the Blue Books: The Perfect Instrument of Empire
In 1847 Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the state of education in Wales, which became known as The Treachery of the Blue Books, was a major turning point in Welsh history. While praising some schools and teachers, it presented an overall picture of the Welsh working class as dirty, drunken, deceitful, superstitious and sexually promiscuous, and castigated Welsh Nonconformity and the Welsh language. This image remained strong for the remainder of the 19th century.
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