The Story of Wales

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Random House, Feb 9, 2012 - History - 400 pages
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The Story of Wales is a vibrant portrait of 30,000 years of power, identity and politics. Revisiting major turning points in Welsh history, from its earliest settlements to the present day, Jon Gower re-examines the myths and misconceptions about this glorious country, revealing a people who have reacted with energy and invention to changing times and opportunities. It's a story of political and industrial power, economic and cultural renewal- and a nation of seemingly limitless potential.

The Story of Wales is an epic account of Welsh history for a new generation.

 

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Contents

A Detective Slory
3
The Stone Ages
10
Bronze and Iron Ages
22
Edge of Empire
37
INVASION AND ASSIMILATION 5 AngloSaxons and Britons
55
The Vikings and Rhodri the Great
67
Law and Order
75
Norman Wales
83
Revolt and Unrest
227
THE MAKING OF MODERN WALES 20 A Liberal Wales
243
2 Depression Wales
256
Raining Bombs
268
Labour Days
276
A Nationalist Spirit
286
National Pride
296
Aberfan
308

Religious Awakening
97
IO Llwclyn the Great and Llywclyn the Last
109
COLONIZATION AND REBELLION
121
Treason and Plague
123
A Last Revolt
134
Tudor Wales
147
PART FOUR INDUSTRIAL WALES
173
A Flurry of Thought
175
The Rise of Industry
191
The Reign of King Coal
205
Making Tracks
219
Margaret Thatcher and the Miners
312
Twentyfirstcentury Wales
319
Timeline
331
Notes
341
Further Reading
349
Index
355
Civil War
365
Photography Credits
367
Acknowledgements
368
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About the author (2012)

Jon Gower is a former BBC Wales arts and media correspondent, who was educated at Girton College, Cambridge, where he read English. He is a documentary maker for television and radio and has eleven books to his name, in both Welsh and English. They include An Island Called Smith, about a disappearing island in Chesapeake Bay, which gained him the John Morgan travel writing prize, and Uncharted, a novel described by Jan Morris as 'unflagging and unfailingly inventive.' In 2009 he was awarded a major Creative Wales award to explore the Welsh settlement in Patagonia. Jon is currently a Hay Festival International Fellow.

Huw Edwards is a BAFTA-award winning journalist, presenter and newsreader. Born in Bridgend, Welshspeaking
Huw joined the BBC in 1984 and became a familiar face during his time on BBC Six O'Clock News. Since then, Huw as covered numerous key national events, is a regular on a range of BBC News programmes, including as lead
newsreader on the BBC News at Ten, and has presented a variety of documentaries on British and Welsh history and culture. A former graduate of Cardiff University, Huw was made an Honorary Fellow in 2003 and an Honorary Professor of Journalism in 2007, and was elected Vice-President of the university in 2009. Huw is also an
Honorary Fellow of Swansea University, the University of Wales, Lampeter, the University of Wales, Newport, Swansea Institute of Higher Education, and has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Glamorgan, as well as being Patron of the National College of Music, in London, and President of the London Welsh Trust.

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