The Language of the Blue Books: The Perfect Instrument of Empire

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University of Wales Press, 1998 - Social Science - 260 pages
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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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English views of Wales and the Welsh before 1847
Education religion and language in Wales before 1847
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Gwyneth Tyson Roberts is a former senior lecturer in the Department of Cultural Studies, University of East London. She previously taught English at the British Institute in Lisbon and was a lecturer at the University of Baghdad. She is co-author of An Outline of English Literature and has recently contributed a chapter on Wales to The Expansion of England, edited by Bill Schwarz.

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